hist-games: Chess - modern - when?

Alex R. Kraaijeveld a.kraayeveld at ic.ac.uk
Mon May 22 01:49:31 PDT 2000

To my knowledge (and someone correct me if I'm wrong!), the changes of the
'old' wazir to the 'modern' queen plus several others occurred in the late
15th century. So that would mean that by 1500 the game was played
(virtually?) identical to today.

There were several versions played side by side (in different parts of
Europe) in medieval times, so there probably was not a single date on which
the modern game arose. It was more a gradual 'evolution'.

As to books, check Murray's 'History of Chess'; Eales' 'Chess: the history
of a game' or Pritchard's 'Encyclopedia of Chess Variants'.

Cheers, Lex

Dr A.R. Kraaijeveld

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