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Ajeeb (1868-1926)

Ajeeb the Wonderful (1885. Public Domain. Harvard Theatre Collection)

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Alias: Ajeeb the wonderfull



Description: Ajeeb was a chess automaton created by Charles Hooper first introduced by the Royal Polytechnic Institute in 1868. It’s a piece of mechanical technology that was presented as fully automatic, but really contained a human player inside it. He competed against many known opponents, such as Harry Houdini or Theodore Roosevelt among others. Among the players who made it work from the inside, Harry Nelson Pillsbury and Albert Beauregard Hodges stand out. After several spectacular demonstrations in Coney Island, New York, and touring offering chess and checkers shows around Europe and America, Ajeeb was destroyed in a fire in 1929 in Coney Island.
Sex: – Occupation: Chess and draughts machine.
Place of Birth / Death: London, United Kingdom / Coney Island, New York, United States. Country Tags: United Kingdom.
Centuries: XIX-XX Title: –
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External links



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  • Eales, Richard. (2002). Chess: The history of a game. Glasgow, Scotland: Hardinge Simpole Publishing.
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  • Hooper, David. Whyld, Kenneth. (1992). The Oxford companion to chess. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Murray, H. J. R. (1913). A history of chess. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Robert Löhr; Anthea Bell (2007). The chess machine. Penguin Group USA.
  • Stephen Patrick Rice (2004). Minding the Machine: Languages of Class in Early Industrial America. University of California Press. 
  • Sunnucks, Anne (1976). The Encyclopaedia of Chess. London: Hale.