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About Fidelity Model 6097 Excel 68000 Mach II C+ LA Version (1988) Electronic Chess Computer

FIDELITY EXCEL 68000 MACH II C+ L. A. VERSION MODEL 6097

 

FIDELITY EXCEL 68000 MACH II C+ L. A.  VERSION Electronic Chess Computer -  picture taken from box.

FIDELITY EXCEL 68000 MACH II C+ L. A.  VERSION Electronic Chess Computer -  picture taken from box.

 

INFORMATION ON  FIDELITY EXCEL 68000 MACH II C+ L. A.  VERSION MODEL 6097

FIDELITY MACH II is an improvement on the original FIDELITY EXCEL 68000, mainly due to an increased RAM of 144K that comprised of 16K static RAM and 128K dynamic RAM which was used for Hash Tables. The original FIDELITY EXCEL 68000 only had 16K RAM. This resulted in a playing strength increase of around 60 ELO for the MACH II.

 

FIDELITY EXCEL 68000 MACH II C+ L. A.  VERSION Electronic Chess Computer -  picture taken from box.

FIDELITY EXCEL 68000 MACH II C+ L. A.  VERSION Electronic Chess Computer -  picture taken from box.

 

TEST TO IDENTIFY THE EXCEL 68000 MACH II VERSION

              There were in fact 5 Mach II versions sold:

              • Version A
              • Version B
              • Version C1
              • Version C2
              • Version L.A.

Larry Kaufman wrote about this in PLY Magazine (2/88) in 1988 and provided a method for you to test the different versions.

 

FEN: 1B1N4/p2n4/3P1P2/2nk1BP1/P7/N7/K3P2P/1Q6 w - - 0 0

FEN: 1B1N4/p2n4/3P1P2/2nk1BP1/P7/N7/K3P2P/1Q6 w - - 0 0

 

The correct move for the above position is 1. Bxa7 resulting in a mate-in-4.

The different MACH II versions solved this in the following times:

          • Version A - Plays 1. e4? after 2 minutes and 20 seconds.
          • Version B - Plays correct move after 3 minutes and 35 seconds.
          • Version C1 - Plays correct move after 3 minutes and 24 seconds.
          • Version C2 - Plays correct move after 5 minutes and 3 seconds.
          • Version L.A. - Plays correct move after 5 minutes and 40 seconds.

Although the times differ greatly between the 5 versions of MACH II, it is unlikely that there is much of a strength difference between the versions.

 

FIDELITY EXCEL 68000 MACH II AMERICAN OPEN L. A.  PROGRAM -  picture taken from box.

FIDELITY EXCEL 68000 MACH II AMERICAN OPEN L. A.  PROGRAM -  picture taken from box.

The FIDELITY MACH II L. A. version featured here, received its name after attending the 1988 American Open held in Los Angeles, California. Fidelity, Mephisto and Novag entered their strongest machines into this tournament. Mephisto entered the Mondial 68000XL that contained the 1986 World Microcomputer Champion program. Novag entered the Super Expert running at 6 MHz, while Fidelity entered the Mach II, however running on a 68020 processor instead of the later commercially available 68000 processor Mach II. Fidelity scored 28-20 against human opponents who averaged around 2120 in playing strength.  Soon after the tournament Fidelity sold this new Mach II L.A. version with a new sticker proclaiming AMERICAN OPEN L. A. PROGRAM.

Level settings, game controls and all other features remain the same as the original FIDELITY EXCEL 68000.

 

Information on Fidelity Model 6097 Excel 68000 Mach II C+ LA Version (1988) Electronic Chess Computer
Fidelity Model 6097 Excel 68000 Mach II C+ LA Version (1988) Electronic Chess Computer

Technical Specification

Fidelity Excel 68000 Mach II C+ L. A.  Version (1988)

Fidelity Model 6097 Excel 68000 Mach II C+ LA Version (1988) Box
Fidelity Model 6097 Excel 68000 Mach II C+ LA Version (1988) Computer Label
Fidelity Model 6097 Excel 68000 Mach II C+ LA Version (1988) User Manual

Box

Computer Label

User Manual

Spacious Mind

Schachcomputer.Info

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MANUFACTURER

PROGRAMMER

Fidelity International

Dan & Kathe Spracklen

2120 USCF

1988

$695,00

1915

Year:

MFR ELO:

Original Price:

Wiki ELO:

Model #:

6097

My Serial #:

80646187

Processor OEM

Motorola

Processor:

68000

Speed:

Type:

16 Bit

12 MHz

ROM:

64 KB

RAM:

144 KB

Battery Type:

4 x C Cell

Power Adapter:

9V DC 350 mA +/-

Display:

LCD 4P 7S LED64

Board Type:

Press Sensory

Overall Size:

Board Size:

8x8 in

11x10.5/8x2.1/2

Options Select:

Button Select

Play Levels:

33

Opening Book:

16000 Positions

Take Back:

256 Half Moves

Position Setup:

Available

Position Verify:

Available

Move Analysis:

Display Info:

Available

Available

Solve Mate:

Mate-in-8

Save Game:

Not Available

Ponder:

Available

Search Depth:

Not Known

Provide Hint:

Available

Teach Mode:

Available

Change Sides:

Available

Active Level:

TM Level:

A7

Infinite Level:

C1-F8

A4

Game Features

Matchplay & Test ELO Ratings

Computer Game Rating

Rating Test

Other  Computer Chess Ratings

USCF

USCF

Spacious Mind

Human Rating

USCF

CCR 94

CCNS 94

Ply 94

FIDE

USCF

2113

2143

2155

1992

2050

Expert Level Electronic Table Top Chess Computer!

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