More about chess from another list
> From owner-h-earlyslavic@... Wed Oct 23 13:18:00 2002
> Subject: Chess
> Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2002 16:37:30 +0100
> From: "Dr Robert I. Frost" <robert.frost@...>
> To: H-EARLYSLAVIC@...
> In Poland-Lithuania, chess was certainly seen as an eastern game: the
> sixteenth-century poet Jan Kochanowski, who wrote a poem entitled
> 'Szachy', illustrated by a woodcut of two figures playing chess, gave
> his two chess-playing characters 'ruskie nazwiska' (Fiedor & Borzuj).
> Ostrorog's Nauka o szachach from the early seventeenth century gives
> various names for the figures: the queen (krolowa) is also known as
> 'baba'; the rook (wieze) is also called Roch ('krol skacze do kuchni
> z Rochem jesli miedzy nimi gladkie pola'); other pieces are called
> 'pop' and 'pieszek'. Ostrorog also marks the squares of the
> chessboard a-h and 1-8 in the modern way. (Information from
> Aleksander Brückner, Encyklopedia Staropolska II; the article is
> illustrated by the woodcut from Kochanowski dated 1567, and by a
> rather small black & white photograph of an elaborate CXVII chess set
> from the Czartoryski Museum in Cracow)
> Robert Frost
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