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Francesco di Castellvi vs Narciso Vinyoles
"Old in Chess" (game of the day Nov-13-12)
Valencia (Spain) (1475)  ·  Scandinavian Defense: Ilundain Variation (B01)  ·  1-0
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  Phony Benoni: First!
Jan-31-13  SirChrislov: Segundo!
Jun-01-13  Snehalshekatkar: Was there a concept of castling at that time? none of the sides has castled in this game..
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  offramp: This is also the second-oldest Centre Counter game on record.
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  kingscrusher: I have done a video about the game and the background to it here:

Jul-03-13  Poulsen: You are all wrong - the reason this game is here is the fact, that this is the very first game between two bottles of wine ....

The white wine won ...

Aug-12-13  eightbyeight: I propose that for the first tournament game played in 2475, in honour of 1000 years of recorded chess, the players be required to play the Scandinavian defense.
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  Caissanist: If this game truly was played in 1475 (or even a little later), then it was likely one of the very first games of modern chess (i.e. with the more powerful bishop and queen). That would explain this game being celebrated in poetry, while being a very weak game even by the standards of only a few years later. They were still learning the rules.
Oct-01-13  Conrad93: The game was designed for poetic reasons.

Accuracy was not a concent.

Mar-05-14  Karpova: Dr. Emanuel Lasker, Berlin, May 9, 1912 gives the game score with annotations and also writes:

<Die Regeln der damaligen Zeit scheinen sich von den heutigen nur in dreierlei Hinsicht unterschieden zu haben: 1. Es gab noch keine Rochade, sondern nur den Sprung des Königs. 2. Wer die Dame verlor, verlor damit die Partie. 3. Ein bis in die achte Reihe vordringender Bauer konnte nur eine Figur werden, die bereits geschlagen war.>

(The rules of that time seem to have deviated from todays in only three instances: 1. There was no castling, only the jump of the ♔. 2: He who lost the ♕ lost the game. 3. A ♙ which entered the 8th file could only become a piece which had already been taken.)

Source: 'Pester Lloyd', 1912.05.12, page 9

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  OhioChessFan: <Phony Benoni: First!>

<Phony> Some of us are having a bit of a conversation about puns, and I happened to see I turned that in as a Pun suggestion some years ago. I came here just to be able to link to the game in question and saw you had the same idea. GMTA and so do ours.

Dec-20-14  kamagong24: scandanavian is older than sicilian's defense!
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  Richard Taylor: Did White miss the Ne5 trick when B went to g4? It was a lively game in any case. Interesting that they recorded the game.

A Centre-Counter so early on! It is still quite a popular opening and quite sharp for both players...

Sep-04-15  The Kings Domain: It's a marvel that a record of this game survives; for a long time I thought Greco's games were the oldest. It would be great if older games than this will be discovered in the near future.
Feb-07-16  Asabovsobelo: I completely missed 6. Ne6! Thanks KingsCrusher.
Apr-02-16  MariusDaniel: LOL@Narciso's defense
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  centralfiles: <<Richard Taylor >Did White miss the Ne5 trick when B went to g4?> see karpovas post above about losing the Queen.
That would also explain why not Bxf7+ then Ne5+ that would be an illegal move putting the Q en prise
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  Richard Taylor: <central files> I see. But Bxf7+ would have been o.k. as the Q isn't thus in "check", I presume only the K can be in check hence it is a good move here. But I had forgotten about this game.
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  centralfiles: after Bxf7 white cannot play Ne5
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Interesting article about this game and the origin of modern chess:

Valencia and the origin of modern chess

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  Jonathan Sarfati: This should not be called the Scandinavian Defence but the Valencian Defence or Vinyoles Defence.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <centralfiles: <<Richard Taylor >Did White miss the Ne5 trick when B went to g4?> see karpovas post above about losing the Queen. That would also explain why not Bxf7+ then Ne5+ that would be an illegal move putting the Q en prise> Still strange, because doesn't 20. Qxd7+ also put the Q en prise?
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  Richard Taylor: Interesting to see the oldest game in any case. Or what may be the oldest.
Mar-30-17  Yigor: Here are evaluations from ChessOK database:

1. e4 (KP, +0.11) d5 (Scandinavian, +0.29) 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd8 (Ilundain Variation, +0.33) 4. Bc4 Nf6 (+0.37) 5. Nf3 Bg4 (mistake, +1.12 after 6. Ne5) 6. h3 (mistake, +0.33) Bxf3 (+0.48) 7. Qxf3

The sequence of Pawn Structure Classification Codes: 2E -> 2Ed -> 6Ed -> 6Ed1h (pawn height =13)

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  Jonathan Sarfati: <Richard Taylor:>, yes, oldest known game with modern Q and B moves. What's more, the two players, along with their fellow poet and nobelman Bernat Fenollar who commented on the game, were the probably the ones who invented these rules!
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