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Oblong Chess

Simon da Spaldyng

University Session UA98 - 2/3/2018 Course # 617
Time 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Fee
Length 1 hr Credits 1
Attendees 6/10 Room Hoffler220
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Oblong Chess is a Medieval Chess variant that was played in Persia from circa 850 to 1400. This version is a good introduction to Medieval Chess for players of modern (post-1490) chess. It is also a gentle introduction to the world of chess for those who have never played any form of chess before. The piece to be moved is determined by the throw of a die or pair of dice, which is a great equalizer of experts and novices. The game is played on an oblong board of 16 by 4 cells. The instructor will provide playing equipment for up to ten players: all participants will receive written instructions with the board design, to take home. This workshop will accommodate as many as ten participants.

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