When Mr. Robot met Mr. Poe: the curious case of the chess-playing machine

It was a hot summer day in May 1827, and Johann Maelzel’s robot exhibition was not going well. Crowds had gathered inside Baltimore’s Fountain Inn on Light Street to see the star of the show, a European chess-playing robot (or “automaton,” in the language of the era) that had impressed the likes of Napoleon and […]

Found: Chess Pieces Hidden in a Barn to Ward Off Evil Spirits

Found: Chess Pieces Hidden in a Barn to Ward Off Evil Spirits

Three views of the queen that was found in the family’s barn. Courtesy Lincolnshire County Council Ah, chess. The sixth-century, two-player board game that tests skill, strategy, and stamina worldwide. Each of the game’s 16 pieces (per side) has a role in the world of the chessboard. As it turns out, certain pieces may have […]

On the Market / Colonial features life-size chess board

On the Market / Colonial features life-size chess board

The natural-colored colonial house at 97 Whipstick Road has 14 rooms of modern amenities inside and a wealth of recreational features inside and out. The natural-colored colonial house at 97 Whipstick Road has 14 rooms of modern amenities inside and a wealth of recreational features inside and out. Photo: Kyle P Norton The natural-colored colonial […]

After Achieving Chess Fame, ‘Queen Of Katwe’ Takes New Path

After Achieving Chess Fame, ‘Queen Of Katwe’ Takes New Path

Here’s the part of Phiona Mutesi’s story you might know from the Disney movie “Queen of Katwe.” She grew up in Katwe, Kampala’s largest slum. Her dad died when she was a toddler. Starting at a young age, she and her siblings had to sell maize on the street instead of going to school. “My […]

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