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Mephisto Amsterdam (1985)
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“MEPHISTO AMSTERDAM 1985 World Champion” Close up of the program module face

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.

“Mephisto Amsterdam” chess game module playing inside a Mephisto Muenchen Auto-Sensory Board.

“Mephisto Amsterdam” chess game module playing inside a Mephisto Muenchen Auto-Sensory Board.

Mephisto Amsterdam Module board compatibility

Board Name

Board Type

Compatible

Bavaria

Hardwood table top

no

Exclusive

Hardwood table top

yes

Mirage

Plastic table top

no

Mobil with built-in Display

Plastic travel

no

Mobil no Display

Plastic travel

no

Modular

Metal/Plastic table top

yes

Muenchen

Hardwood table top

yes

Information

Mephisto Amsterdam (1985)

Technical Specifications

Mephisto Amsterdam (1985)

Manufacturer

Programmer

Hegener + Glaser

Richard Lang

Year:

1985

Manufacturer ELO

?

Original Price

DM 1200.00

Wiki ELO:

1927

Model #:

-

My Serial #:

0570031

Processor Type

Speed

ROM

RAM

68000

16 Bit

12 Mhz

64 KB

16 KB

Battery Operated:

N/A

Adapter Option:

9V DC 680 mA

Display Type:

4 digit 7 segment LCD Display

Board Type:

Requires Mephisto Modular Series

Board Size:

N/A

Overall Size:

3.3/4” x 7.5/8” x 3/4”

Move Entry

Options Selection

Playing Levels

Opening Library

Take Back Moves

Auto Sensory

Push Buttons

Infinite Playing Levels

24,000 Half Moves (Ply)

Complete Game

Position Setup/Ver.

Display Move Info/Analysis

Solve Mate

Save Game/ Ponder

Hint/Teach Mode

Yes / Yes

Yes / Yes

Mate in 12

No / Yes

Yes / Yes

Active Level:

Level 3

Tournament Level:

Level 6

Infinite Level:

Level 9

8 Bit Display Module

Mains Adapter

User Manual

Game Information

Mephisto Amsterdam (1985) 8 Bit Display Module

Mephisto Amsterdam (1985) Mains Adapter - The Mephisto Amsterdam  game module and the modular chess board can be powered either through the modular board or through the game module.

Mephisto Amsterdam (1985) User Manual

Richard Lang’s first with Mephisto WMCCC success!

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Active Games (30s:1 or 60/30 etc.)

Active Games (30s:1 or 60/30 etc.)

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

436

143

103

190

44.6

1853

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Tournament Games (180s:1 or 40/2 hrs)

Tournament Games (180s:1 or 40/2 hrs)

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

79

31

14

34

48.1

1914

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

18 Key Control Module

1985 World Champion (WMCCC) Game Module

Mephisto Amsterdam (1985) 18 Key Control Module

Mephisto Amsterdam (1985) 1985 World Champion (WMCC) Game Module

Top View of Mephisto Amsterdam Modules inside Modular Chess Board

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

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