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I vaguely remember learning about the Turk in a documentary about Gary Kasparov and his match with Deep Blue. It seemed really impressive, even if it wasn't actually an automated chess-playing robot. Here's the relevant Wikipedia article. Once again, I won't use it as a primary source, but I think that the following passage from Wikipedia gets to the heart ...


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Perhaps not the record-holder, but a contender: Prof. Noam Elkies is a mathematician at Harvard University and has written or co-written some chess papers: Noam Elkies. On numbers and endgames: Combinatorial game theory in chess endgames. arXiv:math/9905198 [math.CO] "Games of No Choice" (Proceedings of July 1994 MSRI conference on combinatorial games), ...


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