We congratulate you on the purchase of your new MEPHISTO VANCOUVER.
The VANCOUVER program is a further development of the successful Lyon program, which brought Mephisto victory at the world championships in Vancouver, the eighth world title in a row. Star-programmer Richard Lang once again succeeded to improve his brainchild considerably.
The VANCOUVER program, now with 256 KByte ROM, has been improved at the following points:
First, the opening library has been extended by 50 percent and now contains 150,000 half moves in 17,000 variations. Amongst the new opening lines there are many sharp variations, that suit the style of the program: open positions with many tactical possibilities. Mephisto VANCOUVER plays much more lively than its predecessors.
Second, the strategic abilities of the program have been improved. A few pawn structures have been improved, as well as the center control. In general Mephisto VANCOUVER plays strategically healthier.
A further improvement is the extended knowledge about pawn endings. The VANCOUVER program recognizes a lost pawn ending immediately and will avoid the pawn endgame when it has a material disadvantage. On the other side Mephisto VANCOUVER will take the first opportunity to exchange into a pawn endgame, when it has a material advantage
A unique feature of Mephisto VANCOUVER is, that you have a choice o between six different opening books. Each book has a random and a tournament setting. Especially for play against human players, the opening book HUMAN has been developed. There is also a special library for blitz games (BLITZ). Would you like to see your Mephisto play modern openings, or rather classical, then you choose MODERN or CLASSIC. For players who like to play gambits there is a special GAMBIT-library. The last book, NORMAL, is the standard opening library.
In addition the Mehisto VANCOUVER permits its user to influence its playing behavior even further. Apart from varying the playing style and the so-called contempt factor and the possibility to disable the knowledge about pawn structures - already present in former versions - you can change the value of each piece (settings between 50 and 150 percent are possible) and set the selective search depth between 0 and 12 half moves.
We are proud to be able to offer you the strongest chess program that is commercially available anywhere in the world. We are sure that your “diabolically” clever new chess partner will give you many hours of pleasure.
Your MEPHISTO team
Hegener + Glaser AG, Munich
Excerpts taken out of the “Hegener + Glaser Mephisto VANCOUVER User Manual
The program was sold in three versions: Motorola 68000, 68020 and 68030 microprocessors. This version is the Motorola 68000 16 Bit version running at 12 MHz with 512 KB RAM and 256 KB ROM. The playing strength is approximately ELO 2350 USCF.