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Mephisto Almeria 16 Bit (1988)
Picture shows “Almeria 1988” this was Mephisto’s and programmer Richard Lang’s 5th consecutive World Microcomputer Chess Championship (WMCCC) success.

Picture shows “Almeria 1988” this was Mephisto’s and programmer Richard Lang’s 5th consecutive World Microcomputer Chess Championship (WMCCC) success.

Picture shows “Mephisto Almeria 16 Bit” game module control keys.  There are 4 directional keys an 1 enter and 1 clear key.  These keys are used to set the levels and game options on the 32 Bit LCD Display module.

Picture shows “Mephisto Almeria 16 Bit” game module control keys. There are 4 directional keys an 1 enter and 1 clear key. These keys are used to set the levels and game options on the 32 Bit LCD Display module.

At the 9th World Microcomputer Chess Championship, which was held at Almeria, Spain, from September 24th to October 1st, 1988, Almeria became World Champion. Once again MEPHISTO dominated as it had done before in Glasgow (1984), Amsterdam (1985), Dallas (1986), and Rome (1987). This run of world championship success surely proved that that the world’s best chess programmer Richard Lang once again managed to improve the strength of his program. The improvement made by MEPHISTO and Richard Lang were numerous:

Hardware:

For the first time in a factory produced chess computer the enormous working memory capacity of 512 KB RAM (with Almeria 16 Bit) and 1024 KB (with Almeria 32 Bit) was introduced to the world of chess computers. This allowed the processing speed for a move to be increased considerably, compared to all previous chess computers.

Software:

The program in improved many areas:

    Opening:

    The opening library has been increased to about 7.000 variations with about 60,000 half-moves, which makes the program even more attractive to play with.

    Middle game:

    More chess knowledge was developed in this area of the game through improved strategical knowledge especially in pawn structure awareness. A more active game and pressing game together with pieces working harmoniously together greatly increased the play in the middle game.

    Endgame:

    Improved handling of advanced and connected passed pawns as well as improved King maneuverability in the endgame.  Enormous increase of computing speed due to the use of hash tables.

New 16/32 Bit Display Module

This was the first time that MEPHISTO introduced a 32-digit display dot matrix display module. This greatly improved the menu driven dialogue with the game options and functions.

The program was sold in three versions: Motorola 68000, 68020 and 68030 microprocessors. This version is the Motorola 68000 16 Bit version. The playing strength is approximately ELO 2280 USCF.

“Mephisto Almeria 16 Bit” chess game module playing inside a Mephisto Muenchen Auto-Sensory Board.

“Mephisto Almeria 16 Bit” chess game module playing inside a Mephisto Muenchen Auto-Sensory Board.

Mephisto Almeria 16 Bit 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 Almeria 16 Bit (1988)

Technical Specifications

Mephisto Almeria 16 Bit (1988)

Manufacturer

Programmer

Hegener + Glaser

Richard Lang

Year:

1988

Manufacturer ELO

?

Original Price

DM 2300.00

Wiki ELO:

2015

Model #:

-

My Serial #:

0608489

Processor Type

Speed

ROM

RAM

68000

16 Bit

12 Mhz

128 KB

512 KB

Battery Operated:

N/A

Adapter Option:

9V DC 680 mA

Display Type:

16/32 Bit 16 digit 2 pos. 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

60,000 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 16

Yes / Yes

Yes / Yes

Active Level:

NORML

Tournament Level:

TURN

Infinite Level:

INFIN

Show Module

512 KB RAM

User Manual

Game Information

Mephisto Almeria 16 Bit (1988) Show Module

Mephisto Almeria 16 Bit (1988) 512 KB RAM

Mephisto Almeria 16 Bit (1988) User Manual

Richard Lang’s 4th with Mephisto WMCCC success!

Schachcomputer.Info

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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

134

57

42

34

51.2

2082

7

5

2

0

85.71

2126

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

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

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

39

11

15

13

47.4

2090

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

6 Key Game Module with Motorola 68000 16 Bit inside

16/32 Bit Dot Matrix Display Module

Mephisto Almeria 16 Bit (1988) 6 Key Game Module with Motorola 68000 16 Bit inside

Mephisto Almeria 16 Bit (1988) 16/32 Bit Dot Matrix Display Module

Top View of Mephisto Almeria 16 Bit Modules inside Modular Chess Board

Mephisto Almeria 16 Bit (1988) Top View of Mephisto Almeria 16 Bit Modules inside Modular Chess Board

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