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Mrs. F vs The Turk (Automaton)
Exhibition (1827), Philadelphia, PA USA, Jan-30
French Defense: Queen's Knight (C00)  ·  1-0


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Jul-11-12  Ryuenzo203106: nice game is this new?
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  Phony Benoni: Yes. I recently found this in the <New York Spectator> for January 30, 1827, reprinted from the Philadelphia Gazette. Personally, I have the feeling the old Bucket of Bolts went a little easy on the lady.
Jul-12-12  Shams: Would this have been a simul exhibition? I would imagine that every game the Turk played was in a sense an exhibition. Can't very well see him shuffling around between boards though either.
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  Phony Benoni: <Shams> As far as I know, The Turk could only play one-on-one games since the board and pieces were part of the mechanism. Take a look at the portrait on its player page.
Jul-13-12  twinlark: There's a wikipedia article that includes commentary about this game:
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  Phony Benoni: <twinlark> "Mrs. Fischer", eh? I'd love to submit that as a correction, but unfortunately she is also referred to as "Mrs. Fisher" in the article with no indication which is correct.

Here is where I found the game:

I saw "Tuesday, January 30, 1827" and assumed that to be the date of the paper, but apparently it referred to some actions which took place on that date. I am proud, however, of having deciphered the notation correctly!

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  Calli: Fiske spells the name Fisher:

IMHO, "Fischer" must be a mistake by the Wiki author. None of the references use that spelling. If you submit a correction, see if they can correct the PGN too. Still "F Mrs" in there.

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  OhioChessFan: Is someone doing a Wiki edit on that article? If so, I have some suggestions.
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  perfidious: <OCF> That article could use a little work.
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  Calli: <Fiske spells the name Fisher>

Well, its not actually Fiske. The Fisher story is part of a long article on the Turk by "G.A." or Professor George Allen. He also wrote the famous book, "The Life of Philidor" He was a Professor of Greek at University of Penn in Philadelphia and thus, he was close to the story and the people involved with the Turk.

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  OhioChessFan: Did she drop an F bomb on the Turk's French Defense?
Dec-15-17  schnarre: ...Alas, poor Turk.
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