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History Of Chess

The National History of Iceland contains many unique relics, including this wonderful set of pieces for the Viking version of chess.

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African-American blazing a trail through chess

At a small chess tournament in New York this week, 17 Rochelle Ballantyne moved closer to her goal of becoming the first female African-American chess master in history.

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Found on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, before 11 April 1831 acquired by the British Museum between November 1831 and January 1832. Publication History: Madden, Sir Frederic, "Historical remarks on the introduction of the game of chess into Europe and on the ancient chessmen discovered in the Isle of Lewis," in Archaeologia

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from Games for your mind

Board games history: the great-grandfathers of chess

The Isle of Lewis Chess Set which is of 78 pieces of Nordic origin made with Ivory and whale bone, is a piece of archaeology and dates back to the twelfth century (1150-1170 AD) and perhaps, it is one of the only examples to date of existing medieval chess. However some scholars believe, that those on the island of Lewis are not real chess: according to a recent research the pieces could be used to play Hnefatafl, a medieval war game extremely popular in Scandinavia and very similar to…

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Brooklyn teen Rochelle Ballantyne on path to become 1st black female chess master - [Rochelle Ballantyne, 17, of Brooklyn is taking the chess world by storm. She is on the verge of becoming the first African-American female chess master and her journey has been documented in the film, Brooklyn Castle. Brooklyn Castle tells the stories of five members of the chess team at I.S. 318 middle school in Brooklyn.]

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During a seminar at the National Museum of Scotland claims were made that the iconic Lewis Chessmen could have been made in Iceland by a...

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Chess board, 15th century (ivory), Italian School, (15th century) / Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK / The Bridgeman Art Library

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Three chess pieces from an original batch of 92 found near Uig, Isle of Lewis, Scotland, some time before 1831. They were hand carved from walrus ivory or whales teeth and they are most probably Norwegian, used by Vikings to kill time before a raid and another. Seen at British Museum, London.

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Chess piece (knight), ca. 1350–60 Western European (perhaps English) Ivory Once a piece of exquisitely carved small sculpture, this ivory chessman is today an important document for the study of late medieval horse armor. It gives a rare and remarkably detailed representation of a complete armor for both man and horse of the mid-fourteenth century. MetMuseum, USA

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