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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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Dec-20-12
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  Phony Benoni: <master of defence> Certainly your English is far better than my Portuguese!

I understand your explanation, but it just makes it even more likely the game is not genuine. Charlemagne lived from 742-814, or about five hundred years before this game was supposed to have been played.

It's quite possible the game was actually played; the moves are very natural. But not by Charlemagne or as early as 1297. Had it been, you can be sure it would be much more famous.

And I'll let you in on a secret: the game on this page may not be a real game either. It first showed up in a book published around this time, and there is no firm evidence whether it was actually played or composed as an illustation in the book. Its interest lies in being the first recorded game using the new rules devised in the late 15th century; only castling seems to be missing.

Dec-20-12  master of defence: Thanks by the explanation, <Phony>. With some prattice, you can improve your portuguese. And I am good in english, but sometimes i forgot some words in english that looks easy. Do you could help me?
Dec-20-12
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  Phony Benoni: <master of defence> You need to find somebody else for that. I do a lot of work around here, and don't really have a lot of time to spare.
Dec-20-12  master of defence: You´re an employee of the chessgames.com?
Dec-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: Goodness, no. If I was actually an employee, I'd spend a lot less time around here.

Chess history is my true love, and the site gives me endless opportunities to explore. Much better than getting paid.

Jan-25-13  SirChrislov: Wow, people are still analysing this game? (12 pages!) and some are even attacking each other. What's to over-analyze? Modern chess was in its beginning stage, the game is shown for historical purpose. Just enjoy it, drop a funny comment and move on.

<Bobsterman3000: Korchnoi has a + record against both of these guys...> LOL! still, classic comment!

Jan-30-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  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..
Jun-01-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: This is also the second-oldest Centre Counter game on record.
Jul-03-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingscrusher: I have done a video about the game and the background to it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZyx...

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.
Aug-27-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

Aug-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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!
Jun-24-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
May-17-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
May-20-16
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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.
May-20-16
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  centralfiles: after Bxf7 white cannot play Ne5
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