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1999 "EL POEMA SCACHS D'AMOR" by RICARDO CALVO
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Location: Spain
Started: 2019-03-22 06:20:03
Ended: 2019-03-24 21:51:14
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1999 "EL POEMA SCACHS D'AMOR" (SIGLO XV)

"PRIMER TEXTO CONSERVADO SOBRE AJEDREZ MODERNO"

By Ricardo Calvo

 

Vinyoles, Narcís; Fenollar, Bernat; Castellví, Francí; and Calvo, Ricardo: "EL POEMA SCACHS D'AMOR" (SIGLO XV). Primer texto conservado sobre ajedrez moderno. Análisis y comentarios por Ricardo Calvo.

Madrid, JAQUE XXI, S.L., 1999. Original publisher cardboard edition. 150 pages. 34 x 24,8 cm. In Spanish.

 

As new: Virtually as new.

 

COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!! IT IS PRACTICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND!!

 

A SPECTACULAR BOOK!! AN INDISPENSABLE AND IMPRESSIVE WORK, IN WHICH RICARDO CALVO DEMONSTRATES HIS ERUDITION AND UNMATCHED KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF CHESS!!

 

Analysis, comments, and translation to Spanish of the first poem about modern chess, written in Valencian, that is conserved in the Library of Catalonia.

 

Very interesting link: https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scachs_d%27amor (with much more information, but in Spanish, than Bill Wall's article (mentioned below).

 

Then, in italics, part of the text that appears (in Blue a couple of rectifications of mine at the beginning, and an addition of mine at the end) in the following link: http://billwall.phpwebhosting.com/articles/scachs_damore.htm

 

Scachs d’amor is Valencian for “Chess of Love.” The complete title of this Valencian poem is "Hobra intitulada scachs d’amor feta per don franci de Castellvi e Narcis vinyoles e mossen bernat fennolar sota nom de tres planets co es Marc Venus e Mercuri per conjunccio e influencia dels quals fon inventada". The poem was written by Francesc de Castellvi, Bernat Fenollar, and Narcis de Vinyoles. The manuscript was published in Valencia, Spain around 1475.

 

The poem is conceived as a chess game between Francesc de Castellvi and Narciso Vinyoles. Castellvi represented Mars, Love, and had the red pieces (White in modern chess). Vinyoles represented Venus, the Glory, and the green pieces (Black in modern chess). Mars tries to obtain the love of Venus. Mercury acts as an arbiter.  The arbiter, Bernat Fenollar, comments and establishes the rules.

 

The poem uses chess as an allegory for love. Its structure is based upon 64 stanzas, representing the 64 chessboard squares. The first stanza represents White’s move, the second stanza represents Black’s moves, and the third stanza is a comment on the rules of the arbiter. White makes 21 moves, expressed in 21 stanzas. Black makes 20 moves, expressed in 20 stanzas. The arbiter comments 20 times in 20 stanzas. There are three introductory stanzas explaining the allegory, which adds up to the sume of 64 stanzas.

 

H. J. R. Murray, in A History of Chess, says “The poem exhibits some striking resemblance to Vida’s Schaccia ludus, but on the whole I regard it as describing an earlier phase of chess than that in vida.”

 

The manuscript (not a printed book) was discovered in 1905 by the Jesuit P. Ignasi Casanovas (1872-1936).

 

This game is the first one documented with the modern rules of chess concerning the moves of the queen and bishop.

 

The game was probably never played, but invented for the poem which contained the 64 stanzas.

 

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Item weight 804g

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