Chess Automaton, Exhibition in Budapest Print
Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:00
The general public can -after many years of storage- see Farkas(Wolfgang) von Kempelen's famous Chess Automaton on an exhibition in the Hungarian Art Gallery in Budapest until May 28th. The automaton originating from 1789 whose chess player, "the Turk" was almost unbeatable that time is one of the most successful and exciting innovations of Kempelen and highly contributed to the growing popularity of chess all over Europe two hundred years ago. Read more.

The general public can -after many years of storage- see Farkas(Wolfgang) von Kempelen's famous Chess Automaton on an exhibition in the Hungarian Art Gallery in Budapest until May 28th. The automaton originating from 1789 whose chess player, "the Turk" was almost unbeatable that time is one of the most successful and exciting innovations of Kempelen and highly contributed to the growing popularity of chess all over Europe two hundred years ago.

Although the secret of the machine (i.e. a very good chess player was hidden in the machine) has already been revealed, the construction could fascinate the public even nowadays when it played several games against different opponents during the exhibition. By showing Kempelen's Chess Automaton and -among others- his Talking Machine, the exhibition is dedicated to a significant period in the history of innovative thinking. Following the Budapest event, the Chess Automaton will travel to Slovakia and Austria for other exhibitions.

 
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