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Francesco di Castellvi
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Years covered: 1475

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(died Nov-06-1506) Spain

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Francesc (Franci) di Castellvi was a lord of several towns in the area of Jativa and Valencia, Spain. He was an advisor in the Aragonese court of King Ferdinand. He died in Valencia in 1506. He was one of the co-authors of the 'scachs d'amor' (Chess of Love), a Catalan poem that describes the first modern game of chess.

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1. Castellvi vs Vinyoles 1-0211475ValenciaB01 Scandinavian

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  Chessical: <Floyd> This is an analysis site not a playing site, see Help for useful links .
May-17-04  MoonlitKnight: I don't think mr. Castellvi is capable of playing anymore.
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  offramp: If he could catch up on theory Sr Castellvi could beat all the major players of today, blindfold and simultaneous if necessary!
Apr-03-05  vonKrolock: In R. Calco's essay we read that <Castellvi was related to conversos, as a son of the "conversa" Violant d´Esplugues> also <The Lucena clan was of Jewish origins, and the "conversos" had a close network of contacts among them. There is a lot of literature about the "conversos".> ... < Spanish history cannot be correctly understood without this particular fraction of society> etc
Oct-05-06  Plato: <offramp> Agreed. He certainly seems to have a better winning percentage than all the major players I can think of.
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  Penguincw: < Chessical: <Floyd> This is an analysis site not a playing site, see Help for useful links . > You can now play on this site in the Chessgames Playing Zone. However,it's for premium members only.
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  Penguincw: I wonder when he was born.
Nov-13-12  Abdel Irada: <Penguincw: I wonder when he was born.>

That question occurred to me as well. It seems pretty obvious that he's of Italian descent, to judge by his name, but of course people of Italian descent can be *born* anywhere.

Aug-26-14  Ke2: A popularly held theory about Francesco di Castellvi is that if he returned to the chess world today and played our best contemporary players, he would come out the loser. Nothing is further from the truth. In a set match, di Castellvi would beat anybody alive today.
Jun-06-16  Christoforus Polacco: <Ke2> I have never understood modern people who improve self-esteem by contempt of the old sport's masters.... Not only in chess. In a few hundred years our ''maestros'' will be humiliate by a cocksure jerks.... We have tendency to put only our times on a pedestal. But time is still going forward. We must be the best now - not in the past or future. The ancient masters were the best when they lived. Like ours. They are equal.
Jun-06-16  Rookiepawn: <Abdel Irada: <Penguincw: I wonder when he was born.> That question occurred to me as well. It seems pretty obvious that he's of Italian descent, to judge by his name, but of course people of Italian descent can be *born* anywhere.>

He was born in Valencia, Spain. His name was <Francisco de Castellví y Vic> (not "Francesco" which is the Italian way), maybe you can find the Catalan translation "Francesc" (without ending "o"). Castellví is not Italian but certainly Catalan, spoken (with local differences) in both Catalonia and Valencia.

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  Penguincw: < Mar-24-11 Penguincw: I wonder when he was born. >

I didn't realize it 'til I saw this post in my "Search Kibitzes" today, but it looks like I wondered <when> he was born, not <where>. It has his day of death though.

No clue why I wondered that though. But thanks for his birth info.

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