You can see examples of possible gaming pieces in the Garstang’s collection here...

Archaeology can provide insight into play through material culture – the objects left behind by ancient people. Gaming pieces and boards are some of the most common examples of play in the archaeological record.

Spain, 12th century. If this is a chess representation, (not so easy to tell) this could be the oldest chess sculpture, in a column capital of the Spanish Romanesque cloister of the old Salamanca Cathedral. Most likely they where playing alquerque, an old version of checkers.

Ingram Braun (via DFRN)
In chess, as in modern warfare, one of the most important stratagems is the art of gaining time upon the enemy.

Ingram Braun (via DFRN)
Age can hardly find a pursuit in the way of recreation so likely to prolong life as chess; tending as it does to keep up gentle and healthy exercise of the brain.


Ingram Braun (via DFRN)
Isidor Kaufmann (1853-1921): Die Schachspieler #

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No actor has mastered the art of looking at your chess opponent better than Vladek Sheybal as the evil Tov Kronsteen in "From Russia with Love" (1963).

Paul Wolfrum (1901-1985), Mitorganisator von Schach-Olympia 1936 in München, folgte im September 1942 Franz Moraller als Präsident des Großdeutschen @Schachbund, wurde aber bald darauf von der Waffen-SS nach Polen und Kroatien beordert.

Paul Wolfrum (Foto: D. Fuchsberger / Wiki Commons)

I wonder if the Royal Game of Goose was sold as the Jolly Game of Goose in the United States to avoid suspicion of monarchical tendencies. This 1851 edition is from our @museumofplay collection

This chess set, 18th century, belonged in the family of Benjamin Franklin, probably owned by him. Made of fruit wood.

Knights are very peculiar, maintaining the same pattern as the bishops.

American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Photo: Peter Harholdt


Thic chess piece, most likely a pawn, is dated between 10th-12th c., from the Fatimid dinasty in Egypt. It's made of glass.

Very delicate plant motifs with a simple circular cap on top. A Black and White pawn.

The National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution

Questo dipinto realizzato nel 1769 da Nicola Maria Rossi costituiva il cartone preparatorio per un arazzo oggi esposto al @Quirinale. Il soggetto sembra abbastanza singolare, non trovate? Forse potrebbe ispirarsi a un romanzo...🤓
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