13th-century French chess problems

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13th-century French chess problems

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:24 pm

Found at the online collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, a series of manuscript pages (the Bonus Socius 'Ludwig XV' manuscripts collection) from the late 14th-century from Northern France, described as being from a "treatise on chess with 210 drawings and various games": 1, 2, 3 (text only), 4, 5, 6, 7.

A museum blog post on this 'Bonus Socius' collection is here (it seems the original publication was in the 13th century):

https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/l ... -companion

An annotated edition of the book (published in 1910) is here:


That latter book looks to have all the answers (I was originally going to ask if anyone was able to decipher the diagrams).

Actually, that book only has some of the problems, so maybe some deciphering is still needed... :D

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