The Automaton Opponent

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“The machines were called automatons, and the chessplaying ones usually involved a human figure sitting behind a large box. The most famous was a European creation called the Turk—a figure dressed exotically to suggest that he was not part of the day-to-day world. But,” Pecheur continued, “What if the Turk decided he wouldn’t play chess anymore—that he wanted to learn to play the piano or fall in love?” –from A Floating Life by Tad Crawford (Chapter 17)

For more information about chess automatons, visit

For a Freudian interpretation of chess, visit Two novels that I like about games and those who play the games are The Defense by Vladimir Nabokov and The Master of Go by Yasunari Kawabata.

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