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Mephisto

The best of the automatons.  It was operated from another room by electro-mechanical means.  It entered the County Chess Association held in England in 1878 and won.  Isidor Gunsberg (1854-1930) was the operator.  He operated it from the cellar of the tournament hall.  Mephisto was built by Charles Godfrey Gumpel.  Mephisto was shown for 12 months only and then broken up.  When playing with ladies it would obtain a winning position and then lose the game, offering to shake hands afterwards.  Mephisto was first exhibited at the Westminster Aquarium in London in 1876

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