left : Josep Alió, Lothar Schmid, Thomas Thomsen, José
Ulrich Schädler and José Mª Gutiérrez
The symposium at Valencia which
has given us some very pleasant days has finished now. Here the schedule
of the event (pdf file; in Spanish).
We could enjoy the match Karpov – Kasparov from the first row of
the auditorium. And we also paid a visit to the city of Valencia, one
of our destinations was the Museum of Fine Arts "San Pio V":
there we not only had a look at the extraordinary altar pieces and the
painting collection but also at Severina's sepulchre mosaic which especially
Ulrich Schädler attended to (see photos below).
left: Ulrich Schädler, Alessandro Sanvito and Josep Alió
photo of the visit of the Museum San Pio
A. Garzón and Ulrich Schädler in front of Severina's
Awerbach, Thomas Thomsen, José A. Garzón,
José Mª Gutiérrez and Josep Alió (in the
conclusions of the symposium
1. The Valencian and therefore Spanish origin of modern chess will remain
accredited. One of the major experts in the world, the Russian Yuri Averbakh
clarified that Vicent's book was the first printed worldwide with the new
rules (Valencia, on May 15, 1495). He also indicated the certainty of the
birth of modern chess, called "de la dama" at that time, in Valencia.
The proofs were shown by Jose A. Garzón in the inaugural session
2. Prof. Antoni Ferrando, Professor of Valencian Linguistics at the University
of Valencia and a real specialist of that epoch and the works of the three
poets of "Schacs d'amor" (Fenollar, Vinyoles and Castellví),
confirmed the poem's dating: 20 years previous to Vicent's book.
3. Accordingly, the origin of modern chess in Valencia was endorsed by the
academic world and the field of chess history.
4. In the historical session, i.e. the table "Collecting and Bibliophily
in Chess", constituted by Lothar Schmid (GM, owner of the most important
private collection of chess books), Dr. Thomas Thomsen (president of "C.C.I."),
Dr. Ulrich Schädler (Archeologist, Director of the "Musée
Suisse du Jeu"), Josep Alió (KWA country's representative of
Spain, bibliophile), José Mª Gutiérrez (Director of "C.A.P.E.A."
[Club de Ajedrez Postal Espanñol en Alemania]) and moderated by José
A. Garzón (Organizer of the Symposium), decided to support the creation
of the International Reward "Von der Lasa" for the search of Vicent's
book. Before the idea had also been supported by GM Yuri Averbakh.
Josep Alió, 28/09/2009
group photo, Govert Westerveld (third from left) has joined.
three more detailed contributions by Arne Moll at ChessVibes:
and the origin of modern chess
lectures part 1: King Alfonso's Book of Games
lectures part 2: The amazing story of the lost chess book