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Once again Norbury plays over a dozen consecutive pawn moves, before bothering to touch a piece. His sloppy style of play delivers the results in a decidedly imperfect game, that is instructive nonetheless.
The Turk is supported by The Arts Council of England and is a piece of dark mystery, philosophical adventure and dramatic showmanship. Here’s a quick introduction…
In 1770 an incredible ‘thinking machine’ was presented to Empress Maria Theresa of Austria that was to influence and bamboozle the world for over 80 years.
A life-sized automaton in the fashionable garb of a ‘mysterious’ Turk gazed down onto two opposing armies of chessmen. A Key was inserted, the mechanism was wound and in a whirring of cogs The Turk came to life, raising its head and making its move.
With historical opponents from Napoleon to Beethoven, Barnum to Babbage, Benjamin Franklin to Edgar Allan Poe, The Turk’s enigmatic legacy of technology and chess paved the way for the future of computing, automation, artificial intelligence and even magic.
1838. Interior. Ships hold. Night.
Surrounded by well-travelled packing crates and empty wine bottles, a drunken and dying Johann Nepomuk Maelzel revisits scenes from his life, losses and adventures with the amazing, chess playing automaton known as, The Turk.
Fuelled with alcohol and yellow fevered madness, Maelzel and The Turk explore the sacrifice of the showman, the promise of the engineer and the passion of the dreamer against a philosophical backdrop of life, love, cognition and existence.
…The show incorporates intrigue, mystery and dark humour along with atmospheric sound, music, song…and even robotics!!! I wondered if you might be interested in perhaps letting your adult members know as it has an obvious chess connection and really tries to open up discussion into how we process our own ideas of self, being and existence through reason and analysis alongside our ever moving relationship with the machine. There are telling connections here with computing, artificial intelligence and, of course, chess itself.
|Ecclesall C||2.5||3.5||Nomads B|
|Daniel Mooney||0.5||0.5||Steve Withington (w)|
|Peter Cooper||1||0||Duncan Chambers|
|Elliot Spencer||0||1||Lez Day|
|Roger Swindell||0||1||Ray King|
|John Speck||0||1||Eric McKenna|
|Ivan Basarab-Howarth||1||0||Arkady English|
An under-strength Nomads B put in a great effort to narrowly win this one.
|Nomads B||3.5||2.5||Hillsborough C|
|Peter Morton||0.5||0.5||Alan Sutton (w)|
|Steve Withington||0.5||0.5||Kevin Keenan|
|Duncan Chambers||0.5||0.5||Steven Lee|
|Les Day||0.5||0.5||John Neely|
|Ray King||1||0||Ron Keenan|
|Eric Mckenna||0.5||0.5||Peter Locking|
|Nomads B||3||3||Rotherham B|
|Rob Nield||0||1||Chris Willey (w)|
|Steve Withington||1||0||Andy Baxter|
|Duncan Chambers||0||1||Ed Sowerby|
|Les Day||1||0||Phil Sharp|
|Eric McKenna||0||1||Mick Snowden|
|Ray King||1||0||Colin Whitehouse|
A very close match that ended with Andy Baxter timing out while Steve had only 24 seconds left.
|Nomads B||3.5||2.5||Barnsley B|
|Peter Morton||0.5||0.5||Peter Micklethwaite|
|Rob Nield||0||1||Neil Todd|
|Steve Withington||0.5||0.5||Richard Hall|
|Duncan Chambers||1||0||Arnold Van Der Hulst|
|Lez Day||1||0||Antony Perry|
|Ray King||0.5||0.5||John Stevens|
This was a very closely fought match that could have gone either way. Ray King was last to finish, getting a draw, and securing an important victory.
|Aughton A||2.5 – 3.5||Nomads B|
|Jim Barker||0.5 – 0.5||Peter Morton (w)|
|Kevin Marshall||0 – 1||Steve Withington|
|Dave Glossop||0 – 1||Duncan Chambers|
|Barry Williams||0 – 1||Eric McKenna|
|Patrick Connolly||1 – 0||Jo Woollard|
|John Reynolds||1 – 0||Arkady English|
This was a very close match and an excellent result for Nomads.
Black to play and avoid being massacred…
I had a fascinating game against Kev Marshall who in this position had just played 12. Nxe5
Two knights en prise and I couldn’t take either, things were looking pretty grim for me. But Kev’s run of good moves ended and he handed me the game.