57 ( +1 | -1 ) NapoleonI read an interesting story from one book. It told about a game Napoleon had played against so-called chess machine or chess computer. It wasn't real, of course; there was a small-sized player hidden inside, who moved the pieces via magnets. Of course, Napoleon lost, becouse the "computer" was really a master player of that time.
Has anyone else heard about this? Does someone know the other players name?
41 ( +1 | -1 ) Lexvery interesting Lex! I know of a place where you can see one of Napoleon's chessboard. It's in "le chateau de Clairvaux" in France. I tried once to go but it was closed unfortunately... For those interested, here is a link of the international chess museum (in french). Napoleon's chessboard is in front of Nelson's...
31 ( +1 | -1 ) The TurkMaca, you are talking about "the turk". Here you can read up about the turk. There is a lot of info on the net about the turk and even some of the turks games are kept in many databases:
18 ( +1 | -1 ) Algaerwas his name, maca. He was one of the stronges chess players in Germany (Austrian Empire back then) of that time. The game score is in all the big databases. Poor Napoleon was smashed.
2 ( +1 | -1 ) Nice point black barun :-)But Napolean was a fan of chess...
16 ( +1 | -1 ) BlitzkriegI am busy right now with an article about blitzkrieg.....be patient i'll let you know when it is finished...for those interested in history-strategy of warfare...and chess....
16 ( +1 | -1 ) skeeterss0Unfortunately the link doesn't work. I would be really interested to see the Turk's games though:) I wonder what their games were like.
8 ( +1 | -1 ) mate_you_in_fiftyIf you copy the link in your browser, it works. it seems to be a small bug...
27 ( +1 | -1 ) The turk vs nepoleonhere is a link where you can play through the turks game with napoleon
hope this link works
44 ( +1 | -1 ) nepoleon a cheat???something I found on a site about the Turk:
Allegedly, in the course of one of the games between Bonaparte and The Turk, Bonaparte had started making illegal chess moves. In a mechanical sort of gesture, The Turk's hand had corrected the emperor's moves twice. As soon as Bonaparte had moved the same piece to the same illegal position for the third time, The Turk machine allegedly sent the chess pieces flying off the board...