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Chess Automatons by Sarah Beth

 

 

First, I want to acknowledge Chess.com member, gretagarbo, for all the help rendered to me, especially in researching Ajeeb. I would go as so far as to say I would have had very little new information on Ajeeb without that help.

Second, I'd like to draw everyone's attention to Jane Irwin's "Clockwork Game," a webcomic, or as she terms it, a docudrama, based (with uncanny accuracy) on the Turk.  If you enjoy reading about this pseudo-automaton, visit Jane's pages. I promise, you won't regret it.

 

 

Below I've linked all my articles (some may not yet be available). 

 

The Turk

    The Turk at Odds 
      Maelzel, Schlumberger and the Turk
 
      Brewster's Letters on Natural Magic
      Robert-Houdin and the Turk
      E.A. Poe and the Turk - Part I
      E.A. Poe and the Turk - Part II
      An Attempt to Analyse the Automaton Chess Player by Robert Willis 
      
The Turk - Joseph Friedrich Freiherr zu Racknitz

      Inanimate Reason by Carl-Gottlieb von Windisch
 
      Observations on an Automaton Chess Player by an Oxford Graduate. 1819.
      The Chess Automaton by George Walker, Part I
      The Chess Automaton by George Walker, Part II
      The Automaton by John Timbs
 
      The Turk - from the Diary of Robert Gilmor
 
      The Automaton Chess-player - Cornhill Magazine
      Address to the Automaton Chess-player
      The Last of a Veteran Chess Player

 

 Ajeeb

      The Strange and Wondrous Ajeeb
      Eden Musée
      The Mysterious Ajeeb - The Pride of the Eden Musée
      The Mysterious Ajeeb - Chess Reporter 1932
      Ajeeb - Odds and Ends
      The Automaton Whist-player 

Mephisto

      Mephisto the Magnificent
 
      How Mephisto Was Caught: Chess Legend
 
      Mephisto - promotional material
      Mephisto Revisisted

 

 

 

Books I couldn't find:

The history and analysis of the supposed automaton chess player of M. de Kempelen,: Now exhibiting in this country by Mr. Maelzel; with lithographic figures, ... method by which its motions are directed 
by Gamaliel Bradford (1826)
[Dr. Gamaliel Bradford, born in 1795, was the Superintendent of Massachusetts General Hospital from Oct. 11, 1833 until his death from epilepsy on Oct. 3, 1839.]

Observations upon the automaton chess player of von Kempelen, and upon other automata and androides, now exhibiting in the United States, by Mr. Maelzel: ... upon the chess-board, by the knight's move
by Thomas P Jones (1827)

Modus operandi, or, The automaton chess-player: A play in three acts, with prefatory remarks, and extracts from original letters on De Kempelin's automaton chess-player, published in 1784
by J Walker (1866)

The automaton chess-player
by E. S D. (1859)

 

Komentarze


  • 6 lat temu

    batgirl

    "Modus operandi"

    Jane Irwin of Clock Work Game found this play in Google Books!

                                               Modus operandi 

    Thanks Jane!

  • 6 lat temu

    likesforests

    Upon reading the title, I wondered if you'd created your very own Turk! Excellent series of articles... I've really enjoyed it.

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