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Vernian Chess

Aug 25, 2012, 10:54 PM 0

Having recently enjoyed the movie "Journey 2" with my kids ..... and previously "Journey to the Center of the Earth" .... I wondered if anyone had documented Jules Verne's references to Chess in his many novels and short stories ......

Not finding any existing reports, here is what my own research has uncovered to date;

Paris in the Twentieth Century (1863)

- no chess reference found

A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864)

- no chess reference found

From the Earth to the Moon (1865)

"you have only to speak, and I have chess, draughts, cards, and dominoes at your disposal; nothing is wanting but a billiard-table."

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870)

- no chess reference found

Around the World in Eighty Days (1873)

- no chess reference found

The Mysterious Island (1875)

- no chess reference found

Michael Strogoff (1876)

 -no chess reference found

The Underground City (1877)

 -no chess reference found

Off on a Comet (1877)

"Then I take your bishop, major," said Colonel Murphy, as he made a move that he had taken since the previous evening to consider.    "I was afraid you would," replied Major Oliphant, looking intently at the chess-board. Such was the way in which a long silence was broken on the morning of the 17th of February by the old calendar. Another day elapsed before another move was made. It was a protracted game; it had, in fact, already lasted some months—the players being so deliberate, and so fearful of taking a step without the most mature consideration, that even now they were only making the twentieth move. Both of them, moreover, were rigid disciples of the renowned Philidor, who pronounces that to play the pawns well is "the soul of chess"; and, accordingly, not one pawn had been sacrificed without a most vigorous defense.

The Castle of the Carpathians (1900)

- no chess reference found

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