hist-games: Gala

Damian Walker damian at snigfarp.karoo.co.uk
Thu Aug 3 21:52:21 PDT 2006

Quoting Mats Winther's message of Yesterday:

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

Diagonal moves did exist.  But long diagonal moves, limited only by the 
bounds of the board, were rare.  However, it's not the rarity or 
otherwise of the move that makes me doubt the antiquity of the game. 
It's the fact that the long diagonal move of the modern bishop wasn't 
widely adopted until some time in the 1490s.  It is this modern move 
that gala appears to adapt.

Damian - http://damian.snigfarp.karoo.net/

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