Review: The Chess Machine

The Chess Machine by Robert Lohr

A review

The Chess Machine by Robert Lohr (translated by Anthea Bell) is a thriller with the (in)famous chess-playing machine at its core. Around the legend of this “chess machine”, which was actually a hoax, Robert Lohr presents an immensely enjoyable tale of politics, deceit and tragedy.

The Chess Machine tracks the adventures of a human being, whose curious mix of talents is exploited by another brilliant man to create a marvel to amaze the world. Keeping up the appearances proves challenging and plans soon go awry.

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