Lambeth Heritage Festival 2020

Chess in Victorian Lambeth and Beyond

Friday 4 September | 7pm

man in costume with chess board

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 StauntonIsidor Gunsbergusual controller of the “automaton” player Mephisto, and others.

Chess would never be the same again.

Hosted by the Streatham Society. 

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