Session Title

Medieval Chess (A Workshop)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Game Cultures Society

Organizer Name

Serina Patterson

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of British Columbia

Presider Name

Serina Patterson

Paper Title 1

Participant

Presenter 1 Name

Daniel O'Sullivan

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Mississippi

Start Date

14-5-2016 10:00 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1350

Description

Chess persists as one of the most widely played games, whether it is played competitively or as a casual pastime among friends. Yet the rules as we know them were not invented until around 1475, when the “modern” game effectively overtook earlier variations of medieval rules in popularity. This hands-on workshop introduces participants to the history and rules of medieval chess. The first section of the workshop provides a short history of chess and rules to medieval assizes such as the Lombard—the rules outlined in Jacobus de Cessolis’ allegorical chess treatise "Liber de moribus hominum et officiis nobilium super ludo scacchorum" [The Book of the Customs of Men and the Duties of nobles—or, the Book of Chess]. The second section enables participants to play medieval chess, with the option to play other rules (e.g. Spanish and Anglo-French) and medieval adaptations of the game (e.g. Courier’s Chess). By learning the game, we hope to impart an appreciation for the evolution and development of chess in the Middle Ages.

Serina Patterson and Daniel O'Sullivan

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May 14th, 10:00 AM

Medieval Chess (A Workshop)

Schneider 1350

Chess persists as one of the most widely played games, whether it is played competitively or as a casual pastime among friends. Yet the rules as we know them were not invented until around 1475, when the “modern” game effectively overtook earlier variations of medieval rules in popularity. This hands-on workshop introduces participants to the history and rules of medieval chess. The first section of the workshop provides a short history of chess and rules to medieval assizes such as the Lombard—the rules outlined in Jacobus de Cessolis’ allegorical chess treatise "Liber de moribus hominum et officiis nobilium super ludo scacchorum" [The Book of the Customs of Men and the Duties of nobles—or, the Book of Chess]. The second section enables participants to play medieval chess, with the option to play other rules (e.g. Spanish and Anglo-French) and medieval adaptations of the game (e.g. Courier’s Chess). By learning the game, we hope to impart an appreciation for the evolution and development of chess in the Middle Ages.

Serina Patterson and Daniel O'Sullivan