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The Turk (Automaton) vs Charles Henry Stanley
Private Exhibition (1845) (exhibition), New York, NY USA, Nov-??
King's Gambit: Accepted. Mayet Gambit (C38)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Jean Defuse: .

The JWD dated this game on October 31, 1845.


May-03-20  jnpope: Stanley states <We are as much surprised as you are, that nothing further has yet been heard of the "Automaton.">
-New York Spirit of the Times, 1845.11.01

Before reporting to have played the automaton in the New York Spirit of the Times for 1845.11.08.

Jay could be correct, but I have yet to find a source other than the indication that the game was probably played between the 1st and 8th.
May-15-20  jnpope: Well, I think I found how that date got associated with the automaton by JWD.

<The first private exhibition of Walker's Automaton was given in New York, on the evening of October 31, 1845, and was beaten. It is now known that the concealed player was Mr. C. H. Stanley.>
-Chess Monthly, v5, May 1861, p139

Of course this seems to be a convoluted mix of information found in the New York Spirit of the Times for 1845.10.25, 1845.11.08, and 1859.07.02, that I posted here:

The Turk vs A Zerega, 1845

Best guess: I think the Oct 31st date is just one of the many things wrong with the reporting about this entire affair and Jay took it as "fact" and incorporated it into his data.

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