Chess in 1809
by Bill Wall

George IV
King, but not of Chess
In 1809, the Zurich chess club (Schachgeselischaft Zurich) was founded. It is the oldest chess club in the world.

In 1809, the chess-playing automaton called The Turk (Allgaier) defeated Napoleon at the Palace of Schoenbrun.

In 1809, The Times of London reported that King George IV occasionally amuses himself with playing at chess, and that he plays extremely well. (source: The London Times, June 6, 1809, p. 3)

On June 9, 1809, John M. Bruehl died in London. He was born in 1736. He was Minister of Saxony in Germany and Ambassador to England, and lived in London. He was one of the strongest players of the London Chess Club.

On August 22, 1809, Hugh Alexander Kennedy was born in Madras, India. He was a British chess master and vice president of the British Chess Federation. He died in 1878, at the age of 69.

On October 7, 1809, Elijah Williams was born. He was an eminent British chess player of the mid-19th century.

Napoleon Bonaparte — The Turk (Allgaier), Schoenbrunn 1809
1. e4 e5 2. Qf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ne2 Bc5 5. a3 d6 6. O-O Bg4 7. Qd3 Nh5 8. h3 Bxe2 9. Qxe2 Nf4 10. Qe1 Nd4 11. Bb3 Nxh3+ 12. Kh2 Qh4 13. g3 Nf3+ 14. Kg2 Nxe1+ 15. Rxe1 Qg4 16. d3 Bxf2 17. Rh1 Qxg3+ 18. Kf1 Bd4 19. Ke2 Qg2+ 20. Kd1 Qxh1+ 21. Kd2 Qg2+ 22. Ke1 Ng1 23. Nc3 Bxc3+ 24. bxc3 Qe2# 0-1

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