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About Mephisto

Manfred Hegener and Florian Glaser started their business in 1969 in order to produce semi conductors. In 1978 they came into contact with programmers Thomas Nitsche and Elmar Henne. In 1980 the Brand “Mephisto” was created and the first German chess computer Mephisto I also nicknamed “Das Brickett (The Brick)” was sold to the German public.

In 1984 Hegener & Glaser managed to add programmer Richard Lang to their Team who in that year with his “Psion” chess computer software had just finished in a shared 1st place with three other competitors in the 1984 World Microcomputer Chess Championship (WMCCC). Theoretically Richard Lang’s “Psion” although equal on points would have won this tournament due to the tougher Swiss pairing, however as four machines finished in equal first place, they all agreed to share the championship. Since Thomas Nitsche and Elmar Henne’s Mephisto III-S Glasgow also competed in this 4th WMCCC, this meant that Hegener & Glaser now had two world champion programmers in their Team. Interestingly, Mephisto III-S Glasgow was a commercial program whereas the other first place finishers where either experimental computers not yet available in the market or as in “Psion’s” case a software program. Hegener & Glaser could therefore claim and advertise their Mephsito III-S Glasgow as the 1984 Commercial World Champion.

Richard Lang’s Mephisto programming at Hegener & Glaser proved to be an extremely successful venture as he went on to win the next six World Microcomputer Chess Championships:

      04. 1984 Glasgow    Fidelity Elite X, Conchess X, Mephisto III-S Glasgow, Psion
      05. 1985 Amsterdam   Mephisto Amsterdam
      06. 1986 Dallas    Mephisto Dallas
      07. 1987 Rome      Mephisto Roma
      08. 1988 Almeria    Mephisto Almeria
      09. 1989 Portoroz   Mephisto Portorose
      10. 1990 Lyon     Mephisto Lyon

This success made Mephisto the world’s largest and successful manufacturer of dedicated chess computers during the 1980’s.

In 1989 Hegener & Glaser bought their flailing American competitor Fidelity Electronics, but by 1992 Hegener & Glaser themselves were in trouble due to the changing market demand which had switched to the increased mass of cheap but strong personal computer chess software.

Finally in 1994, Hegener & Glaser sold their company to Saitek Ltd. after having suffered some large losses and setbacks in the previous two years, many of which were caused when they had to absorb enormous losses made by Fidelity Electronics in North America which ultimately caused the downfall of both companies.

Mephisto Collection

Dear Chess Friend!

Congratulations on the purchase of your MEPHISTO chess- computer!!

We would like to welcome you to the growing club of owners of MEPHISTO chess-computers and hope that you will have many hours of entertainment with your new partner. Your MEPHISTO is a high-quality product, manufactured in Germany. It is simple to use and yet offers a large number of features.

We would like to wish you hours of fun and exciting chess with your MEPHISTO!

“Welcome message” excerpt taken from a Mephisto User Manual

1989

COMING

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1992

COMING

Academy

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Berlin 68000

SOON

Mephisto Academy (1989)

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Mephisto Berlin 68000 (1992)

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Table Top

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Table Top

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1996

440 - 1995

COMING

COMING

1990

Berlin Pro London Upgrade

Champion

SOON

SOON

Junior

Mephisto Berling Pro London Upgrade (1996)

Mephisto Champion (1995)

Coming Soon

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Mephisto Junior (1990)

Table Top

Travel

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Table Top

Many Mephisto chess computers were endorsed by the “German Chess Federation”

Many Mephisto chess computers were endorsed by the “German Chess Federation”

Many Mephisto chess computers were endorsed by the “British Chess Federation”

Many Mephisto chess computers were endorsed by the “British Chess Federation”

3003 - 1982

COMING

1993

1987

1991

Junior (Travel)

SOON

Manhattan

Marco Polo

Mein Erster

Mephisto Junior Travel (1982)

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Mephisto Manhattan (1993)

Mephisto Marco Polo (1987)

Mephisto Mein Erster (1991)

Travel

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Table Top

Travel

Table Top

4005 - 1980

COMING

COMING

COMING

COMING

Mephisto I

SOON

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Mephisto I (1980)

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Travel

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Austiran Chess Federation
Dutch Chess Federation

Several “MEPHISTO” chess computers were also endorsed by the Austrian, Dutch and French Chess Federations.

French Chess Federation

COMING

1986

COMING

COMING

1986

SOON

Mirage Modular Board

SOON

SOON

Monaco

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Mephisto Mirage Modular Board (1986)

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Mephisto Monaco (1986)

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Table Top

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Travel

COMING

COMING

1987

1987

COMING

SOON

SOON

Mondial II

Monte Carlo

SOON

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Mephisto Mondial II (1987)

Mephisto Monte Carlo (1987)

Coming Soon

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Table Top

Table Top

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Hungarian Chess Federation
Polish Chess Federation

Some more Chess Federations who endorsed MEPHISTO chess computers. The Hungarian and Polish Chess Federations.

1990

COMING

MO3 - 1998

COMING

475 - 1995

Monte Carlo IV LE

SOON

Mystery

SOON

Schachcomputer 64

Mephisto Monte Carlo IV Limited Edition (1990)

Coming Soon

Mephisto Mystery (1998)

Coming Soon

Mephisto Schachcomputer 64 (1995)

Table Top

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Table Top

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Travel

COMING

COMING

COMING

SOON

SOONi

SOON

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Modular Game Systems

MEPHISTO produced three types of modular game systems for chess. The MOBIL/MIRAGE portable versions for traveling, the early ESB table top versions and the hugely successful MODULAR table top versions. All these systems are still very popular today amongst chess collectors because of the variety of electronic opponents available to compete against.

Modular Systems for Travel

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Compatible Chess Modules for Modular Travel Systems

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COMING

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ESB System Chess Boards

1983

COMING

ESB 3000

SOON

Mephisto ESB 3000 (1983)

Coming Soon

Modular Chess Board

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Compatible Chess Modules for ESB System Chess Boards

COMING

COMING

SOON

SOON

Coming Soon

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Modular System Chess Boards

COMING

COMING

1985

COMING

SOON

SOON

Muenchen

SOON

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Mephisto Muenchen Modular Chess Board (1985)

Coming Soon

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Modular Chess Board

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Compatible Chess Modules for Modular System Chess Boards

1988

1985

COMING

1996

1990

Almeria 16 Bit

Amsterdam

SOON

London 32 Bit Upgrade

Lyon 16 Bit

Mephisto Almeria 16 Bit (1988)

Mephisto Amsterdam (1985)

Coming Soon

Mephisto London 32 Bit Upgrade (1996)

Mephisto Lyon 16 Bit (1990)

Game Module

Game Module

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Game Module

Game Module

1990

1998

1985

1983

1985

Lyon 32 Bit

Magellan

Mirage

MM 3000

MM II

Mephisto Lyon 32 Bit (1990)

Mephisto Magellan (1998)

Mephisto Mirage Game Module (1985)

Mephisto MM 3000 (1983)

Mephisto MM II Game Module (1985)

Game Module

Game Module

Game Module

Game Module

Game Module

1987

1990

1989

COMING

1989

MM IV

MM V

Polgar

SOON

Portorose 32 Bit

Mephisto MM IV (1987)

Mephisto MM V (1990)

Mephisto Polgar (1989)

Coming Soon

Mephisto Portorose 32 Bit (1989)

Game Module

Game Module

Game Module

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Game Module

1986

1992

1994

1989

1991

Rebell 5.0

Risc

Risc II

Roma II

Vancouver 16 Bit

Mephisto Rebell 5.0 Game Module

Mephisto Risc (1992)

Mephisto Risc II (1994)

Mephisto Roma II (1989)

Mephisto Vancouver 16 Bit (1991)

Game Module

Game Module

Game Module

Game Module

Game Module

Tuned Mephisto Computers

The MEPHISTO chess computers and chess modules below have been modified to run at a higher clock speed enabling them to reach higher ELO ratings in Active 30s/move and Tournament 40s/20 levels.

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Other Mephisto Products

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