hist-games: Gala

Mats Winther mwi9 at swipnet.se
Wed Aug 2 22:55:31 PDT 2006

Den 2006-08-02 08:34:26 skrev Damian Walker <damian at snigfarp.karoo.co.uk>:

> Quoting Jane & Mark Waks's message of Yesterday:
>> Hmm. My main concern is making sure that the game really is that old. Enough
>> people have a tendency to equate "old" with "centuries old" to make me a
>> little nervous, at least until I've seen a bit of textual or archaeological
>> evidence. (And such evidence also ought to give me a better idea of which
>> culture(s) are known to have played it, which is useful from an SCA
>> perspective.) After the Tablero debacle a few years ago, I've gotten a tad
>> more cautious.
> The move of the bishop suggests to me that the game probably doesn't
> date from much before 1490.  Having said that, the bishop could have
> been inspired by the courier from courier chess, rather than the bishop
> in modern chess.  My German geography is very rough though, so I don't
> know if the two games were near enough to each other for this to be
> likely.

Why couldn't diagonal moves exist before 1490? Alquerque and Zamma
existed before 1490.


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