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
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 68000 running at 12 MHz. This was only the third time that Mephisto sold a Motorola 68000 microprocessor chess program. It was however the first time that the Motorola 68000 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 68000 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.