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Öffentliche Führungen während des „Fête des Vignerons“

Während des einzigartigen Winzerfestivals (Fête des Vignerons) bietet das Museum täglich Führung durch die Wechselausstellung Albert Smith. Das Schauspiel des Mont Blanc.

Die Ausstellung erzählt die leidenschaftliche Beziehung des Engländers Albert Smith (1816-1860) zum Mont Blanc. Als Abenteurer und Schausteller trug er dazu bei, durch eine Show und Spiele, die Reisen in die Schweiz in Großbritannien zu bewerben.

Es gilt der Eintrittspreis für das Museum; die Führungen sind kostenlos und in mehreren Sprachen.


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PHILIDOR, portrait of a chess champion


François André Danican Philidor is one of the first chess players to earn the title of world champion. He is known for his maxim „pawns are the soul of chess“ and for his best-selling book Analysis of Chess.

Born in 1726, this Frenchman of Scottish origin is a musician like many members of his family. At the age of ten, he was part of the choir of the Royal Chapel of Versailles and this is when he discovered chess.

Philidor arrives in Paris around 1740. He earns his living thanks to music, but does not forget his passion for chess. The Regence café, a famous meeting place for players of the time, quickly became his headquarters.

At the age of 18, already one of the best players, he tries the game blindly (without looking at the board, mentally retaining the game), first against an opponent, then in two simultaneous games which he wins. During his lifetime, he will face the best players of the time in France, England and Holland.


In 1748, Philidor wrote one of the greatest classics of chess literature, the Chess Analysis, which was a huge success. His work was translated into several languages ​​and reissued several times.  Still today, he is seen as the first theoretician of chess.

Despite his success, his variable income does not allow him to support his family. He therefore makes many trips between France and England to run the London Chess Club against payment.

Blocked in England during the French Revolution, he died there in 1795.







Sergio Boffa, François André Danican Philidor, La culture échiquéenne en France et en Engleterre au XVIII siècle.

Larousse du jeu d’échecs, 1977



Musée Suisse du Jeu

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#6 – The story of Chess

Chess and IT

First research on the adaptation of computer chess began to take shape in the 1960s. It was Mikhail Botvinnik, the world champion of his time, who decided to withdraw from the championships to devote himself to the development of the computer program called Kaïssa. The first intermachine world championship took place in Stockholm in 1974 and the programme Kaïssa was the winner.

During the 1980s, the phenomenon intensifies. It is at this time that appear the first machines that play autonomously chess, the „electronic chessboards“. The improvement of computers in the mid-1980s allowed more and more programmers to develop more and more effective programs. Players‘ interest is growing and investments in the computer chess industry are fast following. Software is becoming more precise and product diversification is growing.

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Quai des Musées Vevey-La Tour

15 Fussminuten – 5 Museen zu entdecken !

Wir laden Sie zu einem Spaziergang entlang unseres Museumsufers zwischen Vevey und La Tour-de-Peilz ein. Entdecken Sie Kultur und Geschichte in einem atemberaubenden Panorama.

Schweizer Kameramuseum

Alimentarium, Museum der Ernährung

Historisches Museum Vevey

Museum der Confrérie des Vignerons

Schweizer Spielmuseum

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#5 – The story of Chess

The „Staunton“ pieces

In 1849, Nathaniel Cook patented the design of standard chess pieces as we know them today. A set of recognizable, elegant and solid pieces are produced by John Jaques, brother-in-law of world chess champion Howard Staunton. At the first production in 1849, Jaques asked Staunton for permission to name the pieces by name and to use his autograph on the box. This allows him to use the reputation of the champion to sell this new set. „Staunton“ pieces become the international standard.

© Swiss Museum of Games Collection
Staunton coins, late 19th century.

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HORS LES MURS – Ludique, jouer dans l’Antiquité

Jusqu’au 1er décembre, le Musée romain de Lyon présente l’exposition LUDIQUE, jouer dans l’Antiquité. Une exposition réalisée en collaboration avec le Musée Suisse du Jeu.

Le jeu durant l’Antiquité, sous toutes ses formes. C’est le thème de l’exposition LUDIQUE. Grâce aux prêts de plusieurs musées européens, parmi lesquels des objets d’une grande rareté, le visiteur découvre les jeux auxquels s’adonnaient nos ancêtres de l’Antiquité, et peut s’initier à certains d’entre eux grâce à un espace-jeu inédit. Dans une scénographie originale sous forme de marelle, les huit thématiques de l’exposition sont mises en scène de façon ludique. Passé et présent sont reliés au travers de jeux actuels s’inspirant de la période antique.

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#4 – The story of Chess

The 19th century and the internationalization of chess

In the 19th century, chess became international and standardized thanks to the emergence of many competitions and championships. Specialized newspapers are published and clubs are created.

In 1886 takes place the first official world championship.

© Swiss Museum of Games Collection
Indian chess made for the British market, mid-19th century.

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#3 – The story of Chess

It is probably in Valencia, in the 15th century, that the „long“ movement of the queen and the madman, as we know it today, is introduced. The vizier who was the weakest part of the game becomes the strongest piece. A modification that transforms the game of chess into a dynamic game with sudden turnarounds.

In 1694, the Englishman Thomas Hyde publishes the first scientific book on the history of chess „Historia shahiludii“.

In the 18 century, chess became more and more popular and several studies were published.

© Swiss Museum of Games Collection – Treaty of chess, New edition A.D. Philidor, 1777

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#2 – The story of Chess

The game of chess from Asia to Europe

In the 7th century, the Arabs discovered chess in Persia and began to develop it. In the 9th century they bring it to Spain, from where it extends to the rest of Europe. In Europe, the pieces undergo transformation: the vizier becomes the queen, the war elephant becomes a messenger (the madman in France and the bishop in England) and the chariot becomes the tower.

© Swiss Museum of Games Collection
Arab-Islamic carved bone piece, 900-1000

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# 1 – The story of Chess

The chess game from Asia

The invention of chess is still an enigma. It is thought that it was invented around the year 500 in India or Persia. At that time, the game is called „Chatrang“ and its pieces represent the 4 members of the Indian army: the war elephant, the rider, the wagon and the soldier on foot. The king is accompanied by his counselor, the vizier.

© Swiss Museum of Games Collection
Indian chess pieces in painted ivory, Rajasthan, late 19th / early 20th century

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