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Play Against The Mechanical Turk and Friends!

Play Against The Mechanical Turk and Friends!

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You’ve played fun, new monthly Chess.com bots for years. Now it’s time for you to play the first chess robot ever built, The Mechanical Turk

Created in 1770, The Mechanical Turk was a chess playing automaton that toured around Europe and dazzled opponents. For over 80 years it played and defeated famous historical figures such as Napoleon Bonaparte and Benjamin Franklin. But The Mechanical Turk had a secret…

There was a real chess player hidden inside! 

This month, The Mechanical Turk debuts on Chess.com with a fun, famous chess opponent controlling him. Can you defeat him and figure out who it is?

Want a more relaxing opponent this June? Play against summer versions of our most popular Chess.com bots! Martin, Jimmy, Nelson, and Isabel are back with new openings, new outfits, new dialogue, and a new challenge! 


Summer Martin (325)

Martin loves playing chess at the beach with his kids. All 12 of them. See if you can teach him a lesson or two as he pulls pieces out of the sand castle.


Summer Jimmy (675)

Jimmy is one of Chess.com’s most popular bots and the self-proclaimed "coolest chess player in town." See if you can beat this two-time Prom King runner-up before he gets too sunburned.


Summer Nelson (1400)

Nelson’s dangerous queen openings and aggressive playing style have given a lot of chess players headaches over the years. Now he’s back, stronger than ever, ready to ruin your June. 


Summer Isabel (1750)

This is Isabel's summer to shine. She’s out by the pool, drink in hand, waiting to crush you without even taking off her sunglasses. See how long you can last on the board.

The Mechanical Turk (?)

Created in 1770, The Mechanical Turk was the first ever chess robot. But why do we hear sneezes from his stomach? Play him and see if you can unravel this month's secret...



Who do you think the Mechanical Turk is? Can you figure it out from the opponents or dialogue hints? Let us know down below!

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