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Mephisto Vancouver 16 Bit (1991)
“MEPHISTO VANCOUVER 1991 World Champion” Taken from User Manual

“MEPHISTO VANCOUVER 1991 World Champion” Taken from User Manual

Dear Chessplayer,

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.

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

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

Mephisto Vancouver 16 Bit Module board compatibility

Board Name

Board Type

Compatible

Bavaria

Hardwood table top

yes

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 Vancouver 16 Bit (1991)

Technical Specifications

Mephisto Vancouver 16 Bit (1991)

Manufacturer

Programmer

Hegener + Glaser

Richard Lang

Year:

1991

Manufacturer ELO

?

Original Price

DM 1200.00

Wiki ELO:

2103

Model #:

-

My Serial #:

0779536

Processor Type

Speed

ROM

RAM

68000

16 Bit

12 Mhz

256 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

150,000 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 04

Tournament Level:

TOURN 02

Infinite Level:

INFIN

16/32 Bit Display

6 Key Controls

User Manual

Game Information

Mephisto Vancouver 16 Bit (1991) 16/32 Bit Display

Mephisto Vancouver 16 Bit (1991) 6 Key Controls

Mephisto Vancouver 16 Bit (1991) User Manual

Richard Lang’s final 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

240

111

57

72

58.1

2171

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

151

89

37

25

71.8

2156

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

6 Key Game Module with Motorola 68000 16 Bit inside

Mains Supply Module

Mephisto Vancouver 16 Bit (1991) 6 Key Game Module with Motorola 68000 16 Bit inside

Mephisto Vancouver 16 Bit (1991) Mains Supply Module

Top View of Mephisto Vancouver 16 Bit inside Modular Chess Board

Mephisto Vancouver 16 Bit (1991) Top View of Mephisto Vancouver 16 Bit inside Modular Chess Board

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