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Napoleon's chess games

LookingEye
Aug 15, 2009, 5:35 AM 1
Napoleon, the emperor, a mastermind of strategy, feared no one on the battlefield.
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He liked to play chess, but when his opponent was thinking to long he started tapping on the board, and would eventually smash the pieces off the board if he was losing a game.
There are only three known games of Napoleon, mainly because notation only developped widly by the end of the XIX century. There are many doubts on the authenticity of these games, but Napoleon, no doubt, would have said that history is just a story, told by those who won the wars.
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The first game was played at the palace of Malmaison against Mme de Rémusat.
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This second game was played at the palace of Schönbrunn against a chess automaton designed by Kempelen (1734 - 1804). Great contreversy surrounded this automaton wich was actually the first chess machine ever, and it is only in 1834 that one of its operators revealed its secret: Mirrors and articulated arms made it possible for a small player to invisibly play for the machine! Although this automaton was the false ancestor of our chess computers it left an important mark in history, and it did defeat the emperor.
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The last game was played during the exile at Sainte-Hélène, against Grand-Maréchal Bertrand, and it is probably the most interesting of Napoleon's chess games.
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