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Lopez de Segura, Ruy. Il givoco de gli scacchi di Rui Lopez
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Location: France
Started : 2022-01-04 00:48:37
Ended: 2023-02-18 16:43:14
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Nuouamente tradotto in lingua Italiana da M. Gio. Domenico Tarsia. All' Eccellentissimo S. Iacopo Bvoncompagni duca di Sora, e d'Arce ... Con Privilegio. Venice, Cornelius Arriuabene, 1584.

With 1 chessboard illustration, 6 chess pieces as text vignettes and many decorated woodcut initials. 4 leaves (incl. title), 214 pages, 1 leaf. 

First Italian edition of the original Spanish edition by G. Domenicus Tarsia, extremely rare. This Italian translation is a somewhat free adaptation, which was enhanced with woodcuts. Selenus edited the main content of his chess work from the printed Italian translation. Lopez de Segura was a clergyman, Spanish master and famous author of the 16th century. He was considered the strongest player in the world after defeating the Italian Leonardo da Cutri at the court of King Philip II of Spain.

His textbook contains the rules of the game, strategies and openings. He preferred the Bishop game, especially "the Gambit des Lopez" and the King's Gambit. Lopez is considered the "father of chess theory" since he was the first to explain his moves. An important and detailed assessment can be found at Schmid on pages 231 to 240. Adriano Chicco, together with Giorgio Porreca, gives advice on the various prints of the Italian first edition.

Two editions exist: The first variant has gomito, Gobito and Gombito on lines 1, 3 and 6 on page 133, whereas the later variant has consistent spelling “gomito” (elbow). 

Schmid p. 236 ff. L/N 372. van der Linde I, 348.

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