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Mephisto Amsterdam (1985) Electronic Chess Module suitable for Mephisto Modular Chess Board Systems

The MEPHISTO MODULAR/EXCLUSIVE/MUENCHEN - AMSTERDAM is built - as are all the chess-computers of the MEPHISTO family - to allow the unit to be completely disassembled.

The MEPHISTO MODULAR/EXCLUSIVE/MUENCHEN consists of easily interchangeable parts which enable the user to upgrade the unit at any time. It is therefore a simple affair to fit your MEPHISTO MODULAR, EXCLUSIVE OR MUENCHEN with an AMSTERDAM-module.

Excerpts taken out of the “Hegener + Glaser Mephisto Amsterdam User Manual

MEPHISTO AMSTERDAM 1985 World Champion. Close up of the program module.

MEPHISTO AMSTERDAM 1985 World Champion. Close up of the program module.

 

About the Game Module

MEPHISTO Amsterdam has 7 playing levels, 10 problem levels, 1 correspondence chess level (infinite) and 1 optional time-setting level. Through the use of the optional time-setting level, MEPHISTO Amsterdam allows you to set your own playing levels for speed chess or tournament time settings of your choice. The possibilities are almost endless.

The microprocessor is a 16 Bit Motorola 68,000 running at 12 MHz. This was only the third time that Mephisto sold a Motorola 68,000 microprocessor chess program. It was however the first time that the Motorola 68,000 was made available at a more accessible price costing around DM 1,200 in Germany. The Motorola 68000 was first used with the MEPHISTO Excalibur in 1983 for a hefty price of DM 5,000 (approx. $2,500). The MEPHISTO Excalibur was a full-sized modular type chessboard similar to the ESB 6000 with a modified MEPHISTO III housing the Motorola 68000 processor, and one of the unknown MEPHISTO programs that had entered into the 1983 World Microcomputer Chess Championship in Budapest, Hungary. In 1984 the MEPHISTO Glasgow-S Module using the same Motorola 68,000 became Co-World Champion with Fidelity Elite X, Conchess X and the computer software program Psion in the World Microcomputer Chess Championship held that year in Glasgow, Scotland. The programming team of Thomas Nitsche and Elmar Henne developed the Glasgow-S. This was the first of many future World Microcomputer Chess Championship successes for MEPHISTO.

The big surprise of the 1984 World Microcomputer Chess Championship was the software program Psion written by Englishman Richard Lang finishing in joint first place.

Richard Lang joined MEPHISTO after the World Championship in 1984. His Psion program became the foundation for the new MEPHISTO Amsterdam program that won the 1985 World Microcomputer Chess Championship in Amsterdam.

 

Mephisto Amsterdam chess game module playing inside a Mephisto Muenchen Magnet-Sensory Board.

Mephisto Amsterdam chess game module playing inside a Mephisto Muenchen Magnet-Sensory Board.

Board Name

Board Type

Compatible

Mephisto Bavaria

Hardwood Tournament Size

No

Exclusive

Hardwood Table Top

Yes

Mirage Modular Board

Plastic Table Top

No

Mobil with built-in Display

Plastic Travel

No

Mobil with no Display

Plastic Travel

No

Mephisto Modular Board

Plastic Table Top

Yes

Mephisto Muenchen

Hardwood Tournament Size

Yes

MEPHISTO AMSTERDAM  MODULAR BOARD COMPATIBILITY CHART:

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Mephisto Amsterdam (1985) Electronic Chess Module suitable for Mephisto Modular Chess Board Systems

Technical Specification

Mephisto Amsterdam (1985) Chess Game Module

Mephisto Amsterdam (1985) 16 Bit Display
Mephisto Amsterdam (1985) Power Module
Mephisto Amsterdam (1985) User Manual

16 Bit Display

Power on Module

User Manual

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MANUFACTURER

PROGRAMMER

Hegener + Glaser

Richard Lang

2200 USCF

1988

$1495.00

1927

Year:

MFR ELO:

Original Price:

Wiki ELO:

Model #:

-

My Serial #:

0570031

Processor OEM

Motorola

Processor:

68000

Speed:

Type:

16 Bit

12 MHz

ROM:

64 KB

RAM:

16 KB

Battery Type:

Mains Only

Power Adapter:

Board Powered

Display:

Needs 16 Bit Disp

Board Type:

Needs ext. Board

Overall Size:

Not Applicable

3.3/4x7.5/8x3/4

Options Select:

Button Select

Play Levels:

Infinite Amount

Opening Book:

3000 Variations

Take Back:

All Moves

Position Setup:

Available

Position Verify:

Available

Move Analysis:

Display Info:

Available

5 ply main var.

Solve Mate:

Mate in 12

Save Game:

Available

Ponder:

Available

Search Depth:

14 ply max.

Provide Hint:

Available

Teach Mode:

Not Available

Change Sides:

Available

Active Level:

TM Level:

6

Infinite Level:

9

3

Hardware Specification

Game Features

Matchplay & Test ELO Ratings

Computer Game Rating

Rating Test

Other Computer Chess Ratings

USCF

USCF

Spacious Mind

Human Rating

USCF

CCR 1994

CCNS 1994

Ply 1994

FIDE

USCF

2125

2093

2105

1971

2022

Top View of Mephisto Amsterdam Module inside Mephisto Muenchen Modular Chess Board

Mephisto Amsterdam (1985) Top View of Mephisto Amsterdam Module inside Mephisto Muenchen Modular Chess Board

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Board Size:

18 Key Control Module

1985 World Champion (WMCCC) Game Module

Mephisto Amsterdam (1985) 18 Key Control Module
Mephisto Amsterdam (1985) 1985 World Champion (WMCCC) Game Module

 

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