The Rules of Chess, Spain, 1283. From the Book of Games of Alphonso X.
A short video showing how the pieces move and how victory is achieved. It shows enough that you can learn to play this form of medieval chess. All you need is a modern chess set and board.
The rules are similar to modern chess but there are several significant differences. Thankfully, they are easy to learn.
Alphonso X was king of Castile, Leon, and Galicia from 1252 to 1284. Known as ‘The Wise’ he had much of his court culture recorded and surviving copies of his “Libro de ajedrez, dados, y tablas” (Book of Chess, Dice, and Tables) give us the rules for many games played in his kingdom.
This version of chess is the main one that Alphonso dictated to his scribes. He placed considerable importance on being able to play chess well and gave much instruction on how to do so, sadly in this video we have time only for the basic moves. Enjoy.
I hope to face you across a chessboard sometime.
Etienne Fevre, Eplaheimr, Drachenwald.
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