Chess in Victorian Lambeth and Beyond
Friday 4 September | 7pm
While it began as a game for the elite, during the second half of the 19th century people from all classes discovered the joy of chess, and vigorous chess clubs got going in Brixton and Streatham.
This talk follows their early development, and meets the colourful characters, real and mechanical, who played the royal game locally: Howard Staunton, Isidor Gunsberg, usual controller of the “automaton” player Mephisto, and others.
Chess would never be the same again.
Hosted by the Streatham Society.