Click to go back to the Spacious Mind Chess Computer Collection
Mephisto Rebell 5.0 (1986) Electronic Chess Module suitable for Mephisto Modular Chess Board Systems

Your MEPHISTO Modul Rebell 5.0 is a top quality product “Made in Germany”. The use of the most modern electronic components combined with advanced production technology have produced a chess-computer, which offers an optimal price-to-performance ratio. Our programmers have also produced an excellent chess program. The MEPHISTO Modul Rebell 5.0 is both strong and simple to operate. We at MEPHISTO wish you success and many hours of fun with your new chess partner.

Excerpts taken out of the “Hegener + Glaser Mephisto Rebell 5.0” User Manual.

About the Game Module

MEPHISTO Modul Rebell 5.0 has nine playing levels plus one correspondence (infinite) level. The microprocessor running at a speed of 4.9152 MHz is a 6502, which was an extremely popular 8-bit processor used in many computers of that period. The Rebell 5.0 chess program, its opening library and all its options and functions were all packed into its 32 KByte program memory (ROM). 8 K Byte of game memory was available for its move evaluations. The program used a mixture of both Shannon-A and Shannon-B strategy.

Ed Shroeder finished as the top microcomputer entry with a fifth place in the 5th World Computer Chess Championship (WCCC) in 1986. His Rebel chess program greatly impressed with some memorable wins against some notable mainframe computer opponents. Rebel needed to win in the last round against the American program Be-Be to finish in first place. Unfortunately Rebel lost this game.

Earlier in 1986, Ed Shroeder had joined the Mephisto team. Based on his success there were high expectations for the Mephisto Rebell 5.0 module which was launched shortly after the world championship. Disappointment followed shortly on the heels of the initial launch with owners of the module complaining about the playing strength. Customers high hopes for this module were of course based on its Championship success were. The Rebel 5.0 game module is a good program for its day and even today with its estimated 2050 USCF rating should provide many chess players a difficult challenge.

It was always tough as a promising programmer working in the Mephisto Team. Richard Lang the six-time world champion reigned supreme and therefore most of the development and resource costs were channeled to him. Ed Shroeder however did manage to dethrone King Richard in the 1991 World Micro Computer Championship finishing in 1st place with his Chessmachine while working for the Dutch company TASC B.V.

Originally this module was intended to be named MM III but for obvious marketing reasons was instead appropriately renamed and sold as Rebell 5.0.

 

Mephisto Rebell 5.0 chess game module playing inside a Mephisto Muenchen Magnet-Sensory Board.

Mephisto Rebell 5.0 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

Yes

Mobil with no Display

Plastic Travel

No

Mephisto Modular Board

Plastic Table Top

Yes

Mephisto Muenchen

Hardwood Tournament Size

Yes

MEPHISTO REBELL 5.0 MODULAR BOARD COMPATIBILITY CHART:

a_button_2_51
Mephisto Rebell 5.0 (1986) Top View of Mephisto Rebell 5.0 Module inside Mephisto Muenchen Modular Chess Board

Class A Level Electronic Chess Module!

 

a_button_1_106
Mephisto Rebell 5.0 (1986) Electronic Chess Module suitable for Mephisto Modular Chess Board Systems

Technical Specification

Mephisto Rebell 5.0 (1986) Chess Game Module

Mephisto Rebell 5.0 (1986) 8 Bit Display
Mephisto Rebell 5.0 (1986) Show Module
Mephisto Rebell 5.0 (1986) User Manual

8 Bit Display

Show Module

User Manual

Spacious Mind

Schachcomputer.Info

Active 2017

Tourn. 2015

1872

1875

T1

T2

T3

T4

T5

Final

-

-

-

-

-

-

MANUFACTURER

PROGRAMMER

Hegener + Glaser

Ed Schroeder

Not Known

1986

$395.00

1855

Year:

MFR ELO:

Original Price:

Wiki ELO:

Model #:

-

My Serial #:

-

Processor OEM

MOS Tech.

Processor:

65C02

Speed:

Type:

8 Bit

4.9512 MHz

ROM:

32 KB

RAM:

8 KB

Battery Type:

Not Applicable

Power Adapter:

Board Powered

Display:

Needs 8 Bit Disp.

Board Type:

Needs ext. Board

Overall Size:

Not Applicable

3.3/4x7.5/8x3/4

Options Select:

Button Select

Play Levels:

9 Play Levels

Opening Book:

300 Variations

Take Back:

All Moves

Position Setup:

Available

Position Verify:

Available

Move Analysis:

Display Info:

Available

5 ply main var.

Solve Mate:

Mate in 10

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

2010

1996

2023

1922

1958

Board Size:

Top View of Mephisto Rebell 5.0 Module inside Mephisto Muenchen Modular Chess Board

 

The Spacious Mind
Tournaments
Tests
Computers
Emulators
DOS Chess
Engines
Links
PDAs
Windows
Books
Consoles
Collection
Ratings
The Spacious-Mind Homepage