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|Jun-14-12|| ||Phony Benoni: By the way, the newspaper account contained some errors in the score. Within a few days, a reader sent in a correction slip.|
|Jun-30-12|| ||SBC: 10 games by the Turk:
|Jul-12-12|| ||DanielBryant: Does anybody know how The Turk indicated resignation when "it" lost?|
|Jul-12-12|| ||Shams: <DanielBryant> History records that the Turk, faced with a lost position, would first attempt the old "earthquake" ruse of upsetting the board and pieces in a manner meant to look accidental.|
|Mar-24-13|| ||IndigoViolet: Thinking about the Turk: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-...|
|Sep-04-13|| ||MJCB: I already find it hard to concentrate and play in front of a board, what about inside a box! This man (or woman?) was having such an uncommon life, and I would not bet it was a pleasant one. These games allow this person to be both unknown and remembered.|
|Sep-05-13|| ||offramp: I would have hated to be inside it when that fire broke out. Definitely a good time to break the fourth wall.|
|Sep-05-13|| ||Sneaky: <break the fourth wall> Literally!|
|Sep-06-13|| ||offramp: One good thing about lending someone your time machine is that you get it back immediately.|
|Sep-06-13|| ||TheFocus: Usually missing the cigarette lighter.|
|Oct-22-13|| ||Karpova: Baron von Kempelen died on March 26, 1804 at the age of 70.|
Source: 'British Chess Magazine' Almanac, p. 1, March 1882
|Nov-28-13|| ||Richard Taylor: As I said elsewhere I recall (long ago in the 60s) reading about the Turk and I think it was said that Pilsbury played "inside the machine" some times, using his great abilities at blindfold chess: I also (think I read) that he used to consume large amounts of whiskey to get through what was an extreme ordeal cramped inside the Turk's inner parts. |
But perhaps that is one of those misleading stories one picks up.
|Nov-28-13|| ||Richard Taylor: I just checked. Pillsbury wasn't born until 1872.|
|Nov-28-13|| ||YoungEd: Just a few days ago, I started reading a novel called "The Chess Machine" by Robert Lohr (translated from German). It's a fictionalized account of von Kempelen and the operation of the machine. I'm not finished, but it's a fun and well-written story so far! Worth a look if that's your sort of thing.|
|Nov-28-13|| ||chesswar1000: 'the turkey'|
|Nov-28-13|| ||Check It Out: The Turk's innards were stuffed, so to speak.|
|Mar-04-14|| ||Golden Executive: <YoungEd: Just a few days ago, I started reading a novel called "The Chess Machine" by Robert Lohr (translated from German). It's a fictionalized account of von Kempelen and the operation of the machine.>|
Novels are not precisely my stuff, but I really enjoyed this one.
<...it's a fun and well-written story> Exactly my thoughts.
Some information about "The Chess Machine"
|Aug-09-14|| ||James Demery: I read that the Turk played a game against Philidor. I know its not in the database here, but does anyone know if thats true?|
|Aug-10-14|| ||ljfyffe: Yes, in 1783 in Paris, Philidor defeated the "Automation".|
|Aug-10-14|| ||offramp: He would need only a few new cassettes of opening theory and in a few days he would be World Computer Champion again.|
|Aug-10-14|| ||ljfyffe: Time-warped to-whomever comments are noted. Philidor, who had to flee to England, however, was considered unofficial world champion of actual over-the-board play for another decade after he had played the "computer" even though the cassette of a-far-off-time was yet to come and go.|
|Aug-11-16|| ||Patanjali: Is it even possible to build a machine like this that can play chess purely by mechanical means? (i.e., no electronic or digital stuff).|
|Aug-12-16|| ||alexmagnus: Patanjali, why not? After all, there are mechanical calculators (there is a nice video on YouTube btw showing what happens to a mechanical calculator when you perform division by zero). |
Also, around the Turk's time there was an actual mechanical automaton which could do only one thing - checkmate with K+R vs K.
|Apr-01-17|| ||The Kings Domain: I thought it was going to be NN again but it's nice to see The Turk get his due.|
Happy April Fools to everyone. :-)
|Apr-01-17|| ||ColeTrane: "His due...." indeed. CG has done well for April fools on all fronts. El Turco & GOTD... Bravo!|
Wondering how Center Game relates though.....
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