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Fidelity Mach II "C+" L.A. Version (1988)
FIDELITY EXCEL 68000 MACH II ‘C+’ L.A. VERSION Electronic Chess Computer.

FIDELITY EXCEL 68000 MACH II ‘C+’ L.A. VERSION Electronic Chess Computer.

Picture taken from Fidelity Excel 68000 Mach II ‘C+” L.A. Version box.

FIDELITY EXCEL 68000 MACH II ‘C+’ L.A. VERSION Electronic Chess Computer.

FIDELITY EXCEL 68000 MACH II ‘C+’ L.A. VERSION Electronic Chess Computer.

Picture taken from Fidelity Excel 68000 Mach II ‘C+” L.A. Version box.

FIDELITY MACH II is an improvement on the original FIDELITY EXCEL 68000, mainly due to an increased RAM of 144K that comprised of 16K static RAM and 128K dynamic RAM which was used for Hash Tables. The original FIDELITY EXCEL 68000 only had 16K RAM. This resulted in a playing strength increase of around 60 ELO for the MACH II.

There were in fact 5 Mach II versions sold:

  1. Version A
  2. Version B
  3. Version C1
  4. Version C2
  5. Version C+ L.A.

Larry Kaufman wrote about this in PLY Magazine (2/88) in 1988 and provided a method for you to test the different versions.

The FIDELITY MACH II L.A. version featured here, received its name after attending the 1988 American Open held in Los Angeles, California. Fidelity, Mephisto and Novag entered their strongest machines into this tournament. Mephisto entered the Mondial 68000XL that contained the 1986 World Microcomputer Champion program. Novag entered the Super Expert running at 6 MHz, while Fidelity entered the Mach II, however running on a 68020 processor instead of the later commercially available 68000 processor Mach II. Fidelity scored 28-20 against human opponents who averaged around 2120 in playing strength.  Soon after the tournament Fidelity sold this new Mach II L.A. version with a new sticker proclaiming “AMERICAN OPEN L.A. PROGRAM”.

AMERICAN OPEN L.A. PROGRAM

AMERICAN OPEN L.A. PROGRAM

Picture taken from Fidelity Excel 68000 Mach II ‘C+” L.A. Version box.

FEN: 1B1N4/p2n4/3P1P2/2nk1BP1/P7/N7/K3P2P/1Q6 w - - 0 0

FEN: 1B1N4/p2n4/3P1P2/2nk1BP1/P7/N7/K3P2P/1Q6 w - - 0 0

The correct move for the above position is 1. Bxa7 resulting in a mate-in-4.

The different MACH II versions solved this in the following times.

    • Version A - Plays 1. e4? after 2 minutes and 20 seconds.
    • Version B - Plays correct move after 3 minutes and 35 seconds.
    • Version C1 - Plays correct move after 3 minutes and 24 seconds.
    • Version C2 - Plays correct move after 5 minutes and 3 seconds.
    • Version C+ L.A. - Plays correct move after 5 minutes and 40 seconds.

Although the times differ greatly between the 5 versions of MACH II, it is unlikely that there is much of a strength difference between the versions.

The version presented on this page is the Mach II “C+” L.A. version.

Other features such as level settings and game controls all remain the same as the original FIDELITY EXCEL 68000.

You can read up in more detail about the different MACH II versions at Schachcomputer.Info.

Information

Fidelity Mach II “C+” L.A. Version (1988)

Fidelity Mach II “C+” L.A. Version (1988)

Box

Fidelity Mach II “C+” L.A. Version (1988) Box

Model: 6097

Fidelity Mach II “C+” L.A. Version (1988) Model: 6097

User Manual

Fidelity Mach II “C+” L.A. Version (1988) User Manual

Final Mach II Version!

Technical Specifications

Manufacturer

Programmer

Fidelity International

Dan & Kathe Spracklen

Year:

1988

Manufacturer ELO

2120

Original Price

$750.00

Wiki ELO:

1915

Model #:

6097

My Serial #:

80646187

Processor Type

Speed

ROM

RAM

68000

16 Bit Single Chip

12 Mhz

64 KB

144 KB

Battery Operated:

4 x (C Batteries)

Adapter Option:

9V DC 350mA

Display Type:

LCD 4 POs 7 Seg 64 Board LED’s

Board Type:

Sensory Electronic Chessboard

Board Size:

8” x 8”

Overall Size:

11.1/4” x 10.5/8” x 2.1/2”

Move Entry

Options Selection

Playing Levels

Opening Library

Take Back Moves

Sensory Board

Sensory Buttons

33

20,000 Half Moves

256 Half Moves (Ply)

Position Setup/Ver.

Display Move Info/Analysis

Solve Mate

Save Game/ Ponder

Hint/Teach Mode

Yes / Yes

Yes / Yes

Mate in 8

No / Yes

Yes / Yes

Active Level:

Level A4

Tournament Level:

Level A7

Infinite Level:

Level C1-F8

Game Information

Schachcomputer.Info

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

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

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ELO

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ELO

23

9

4

10

47.8

1958

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

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

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L

%

ELO

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%

ELO

n/a

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