Mephisto Phoenix T - Chess Computer with 21.7 inch Chess Board

SKU: MIL924
Sale price$1,999.00 USD
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About The Mephisto Phoenix T - Chess Computer with 21.7 inch Chess Board

Mephisto Phoenix is the most powerful personal chess computer ever made.

This incredible combo includes the powerful Mephisto Phoenix module, a 21.7" tournament sized luxury wooden chessboard, and beautifully crafted wooden chess pieces for an immersive, natural playing experience. With lightning-fast RFID piece recognition, you can move the pieces naturally while the module takes care of the rest. Setting up custom chess positions is as easy as child's play.

The Mephisto Phoenix module comes in a modern glass touch screen design with a striking wood frame that pairs perfectly with the board. Featuring both the newest computing technologies and retro engines from decades past, it is the perfect home station for chess lovers of all ages, playing strengths, and experience levels. 

Onboard WiFi means the unit can stay current with updates as they are released. The most recent update in January 2024 includes native online play through Lichess.

Here are the latest tutorial videos on the Phoenix:

 

About the Mephisto Phoenix: 

The Mephisto Phoenix is a UCI-based multi-engine chess computer that provides access to a huge variety of chess gaming. From a very simple level suitable for absolute beginners to the grandmaster level, the Phoenix offers the widest playing strength range ever provided by a chess computer, offering countless options to adjust the playing strength to your individual needs.

With four different top-class engines, including Shredder Neuronal and Stockfish NNUE, the Phoenix is the world’s first dedicated chess computer using the most modern neuronal engine technologies and can reach a performance of over 3400 ELO. Shredder also offers a highly interesting new function with its fully automatic self-adapting playing strength (with estimated ELO rating), allowing you to continuously monitor your progress and see how much you have improved through training with the computer.

The evaluation bar beside the chess board tells you at first glance how the engine rates the position. Any blunders are quickly noticed that way and you always have a sense of how well your game is going.

Great opening training options

The machine comes with a library of different opening books, including the biggest opening book ever provided by a dedicated chess computer with over 1,000,000 positions from master play. The system is also expanded with 23 classical chess computer emulations running at a high speed, including the legendary "Mephisto Glasgow" world championship program of 1984, which can run at a speed of approximately 66 times faster than the original machine.

A speed bar control allows you to easily control the emulation speed or set it to the speed of the original chess computer, with buttons and display layout mirroring the original layouts.

Updates for the system come via WiFi directly on the unit, and additional software can be installed with the press of a button from the computerchess.com webstore.

The Mephisto Phoenix is the perfect unit for chess enthusiasts who wish to own the most powerful chess computer ever made, building a bridge between past glory days and today's modern style of playing chess. If you're interested in modern engine technologies and seeing how they evaluate or like to play with retro chess computers and see how these programs perform on modern hardware, the Mephisto Phoenix is the right choice for you.

MEPHISTO (Exclusive Style) Sensor Board and Pieces

The "T" chessboard features 81 dimmable LEDs (4 per square), a touch sensitive Mephisto logo to control LED brightness direcly from the board and fully automatic piece recognition with ultra-fast and reliable RFID scanning technology. This is ideal for setting up positions quickly and easily. Expert attention is given to fine tune the real wood veneer to compliment the module and pieces.  

The set includes 34 skillfully crafted solid wood chess pieces in a 3.75" American Staunton style design.  While designed specifically for use with the Mephisto Phoenix, these board and pieces are compatible with Millennium Exclusive boards and pieces.

Technical details

Chess specific properties

Suitable for

all chess lovers, from children to grandmasters

Playing strength

up to over 3400 ELO

Pieces included

Yes, handmade real wood premium chess pieces with integrated RFID chip, piece felt and weights

Additional pieces

2 queens additionally included

Magnetic pieces

No

Piece compartment

Piece storage in premium packaging

Measurements of chess board

55 x 55 x 2 cm / 21.7 x 21.7 x 0.79 inches

Size per square

5,5 x 5,5 cm / 2.17 x 2.17 inches

King's height

9,5 cm / 3.75 inches

 

Hardware

Chessboard technology

ultra-fast RFID figure recognition

Display with illumination

Yes, 7” Colour TFT Touchscreen with 1024 x 600 px resolution

Processor

1.5G 64 Bit Quadcore processor

CPU clock frequency

1.5G

RAM

4 GB

Connection board computer

Standard mini-Din cable, 4 pin

 

Software

Program

Shredder 13.5, Komodo 14.1, Hiarcs 14.2, Stockfish 15 NNUE

Emulations

Package with 20 different chess computer emulations contained

Device languages

5 (DEU / ENG / FRA / NLD / SPA)

Menu system

Text-based / Graphic, All device languages

Updateable

Yes, via WIFI and USB

 

Play online

App Integration

No available with latest update

Supported servers

lichess.org

 

Power Supply

Batteries required

No

Power supply connection

Yes, 100 - 240V 50/60 Hz Input - 9V 4A Output

Power supply included

Yes, with interchangeable attachments for EU / UK / US

 

Measurements & Weights

Dimensions chessboard

55 x 55 x 2 cm / 21.7 x 21.7 x 0.79 inches

Dimensions computer unit

7.1 x 5.12 x 3,54 inches

Length connecting cable

39.37 inches

Article weight

TBA

 

Model number & age recommendation

Model number

M924

Age recommended by manufacturer

10 Years & Up

 

Mephisto Phoenix Manual

Product Specs

Board Size
21.63"
Square Size
2.16"
King Height
3.0"
King Base
1.0"

Customer Reviews

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Stephen Hinchley
Strong

Had it for a couple of months now but not beat it yet but managed a draw it will make me up my game it is a great chess computer wouldn`t give it up now best ever had great board and piece`s still getting used to setting up the levels might be reason haven`t won a game yet arrived well packaged and 1 day early so a well done guys will know where too come again this is a second chess computer I have purchased from you

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Trevor Adams
Its allot of fun! Perfect? no, but darn close

I admit I was hesitant because of the price. But its the kind of chess computer I've dreamed of. I'm happy to say that it lives up to my expectations. I am waiting for lichess connectivity. But the computer is great.

I knocked it down only because I feel for the price the chess pieces seemed a little cheap and light. Its a personal preference but I like heavier weighted pieces. Plus the sculpting isn't the best. In fact one of the white queens are almost deformed, leaning to the left. I'm almost tempted to try and transplant the chips into a nice house of Staunton set. But for the price you really shouldn't have too.

All in all its the best system I've played personally. I hope it only gets better with firmware updates.

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MICHAEL KLIBER

Customer service top notch, a pleasure to do business with. Thus far the computer and board is great.

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Mark W
Big and Bold

I purchased the Mephisto Phoenix T chess computer and have used it extensively over the last four weeks.

The board and pieces are beautiful, well-crafted and function very well. I like the large tournament board quite a bit. The board corner LEDs and piece recognition are very welcome technology. The computer and human always agree on the exact position at all times. Various chess positions are a snap to set up. I also like how the physical board position is displayed on screen and updated every move.

The Take Back function works well, but the machine doesn’t seem to have the ability to step forward through the moves again. A minor issue, but once you have taken back all the moves you want, you can then start playing from that point in the game.

The module screen has good clear resolution and I believe the information is displayed well, given the size of the screen. Compromises were obviously made, but I think well chosen. Of course, the screen is quite large relative to all previous chess computers I've owned. Consequently, it displays much more helpful info.

The documentation is fairly good and does answer a lot of questions. I’m aware that differs from most reviews. I would have written some sections a bit differently and added some clarification. At times, the choice of words could be better.

I recommend visiting the Millennium website and reading the FAQ section. That will answer questions not addressed in the Owner’s Manual. I anticipate the module software will have features added and perhaps UI enhancements in the months ahead.

If not interested in the legacy chess emulations, just ignore them. I spend most of my time on the module’s primary side, if you will, which includes multiple top chess engines, such as Shredder, and many playing options, levels and profiles. I appreciate the various pre-configured playing profiles associated with most of the chess engines, and the ability to customize any of them to my liking and saving them. A minor issue, but I would like to name each customized profile myself vice the system naming them User 1, User 2, etc.

Getting back to the emulations, if you find them fascinating, like I do, then you are left to figure out how to interact with each of them substantially on your own. Due to copyright laws, you are advised to download the online Owner’s Manual for each emulation. I try to find a manual for each category of emulation, which I believe I counted five different general types; all interesting.

The emulations interact with the board somewhat differently from one to another. I found that manuals for at least each category of emulation are available, though some I only found in a foreign language, such as Spanish or German. I used an online translator to convert them to English, which was effective but not efficient. That is, I made progress, but it was slow progress. I wish all manuals were available online in English, as the emulations are certainly a curiosity of mine.

I connected the module to my WIFI network and downloaded the latest module updates without difficulty.

Is this chess computer worth the money spent? When you consider how expensive everything is today for everyone—including manufacturers and merchants—then I would say, emphatically, Yes. I think Millennium has done a fine job.

I would not recommend it as a great “bang for the buck” model. There are many other far less expensive models to satisfy that demand. This machine was clearly created as a blue ribbon offering. and I’m delighted to own it.

I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that I had a minor concern initially. I notified Chess House of the issue, which was not their fault. Yet they quickly remedied the situation to my complete satisfaction. What can I say? Thank you for the great customer service! Keep up the good work.

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Gabor Kristof
Excellent Chess Computer, poor instructions but Chesshouse can help!

The Chess computer is high quality and it is excellent!
However -as previous all previous owners mentioned- the instructions are way subpar. How on earth Mephisto website does not offer set by step video instructions in the 21st Century?
The description states the Phoenix is for all ages fro beginners to experts. You tell me how a beginner could learn this machine?
Mephisto has no support on their website (when I sent them an e mail they refer me to the three 10 seconds video Chesshouse made), its manual is useless way over complicated and too short. Does not even offer a Glossary!
Chesshouse service is excellent but here is a way they can improve!
Have somebody at Chesshouse learn this product from A to Z and do a step by step video instructions and offer it for sale.
I would definitely pay for it! When it is ready they should contact all previous buyers. Make this instruction not only for chess geeks but for beginners who would understand it, including a Glossary of chess and chess computer.
As this would create additional income for Chesshouse I trust they grab this opportunity and make this vide soon. As I am an optimist I, give 5 star to this product!
Hoping I am right!