FMJD (World Draughts Federation) is the international sport body uniting national draughts federations.

FMJD is member of GAISF and strives for Olympic recognition. Our strength is in the unity of draughts.

The First International Webpage of the

 

history of draughts / history of checkers

 

is a private,"non-profit",

cultural initiative of

Draughts & Chess Historian:

Dr. Govert Westerveld

 

Official historian of the FMJD

 

Official historian of the

World Draughts club

 

Official Member of the

Historical Commission of the FEDA

 

Member of Ken Whyld Association

For Bibliography and History of Chess

 

Official Cronicler of Blanca

Fellow of the Royall Academy Alfonso el Sabio

Fellow of he Murcian Association of Official Croniclers

Fellow of the Royal Spanish Association of Official Croniclers

Member of the International Association of Hispanists

Member of the Benelux Association of Hispanists

Curriculum vitae

My late lamented draughts friend

Baba Sy from  Senegal.

                          World champion of 1963

The greatest natural talent in the history of checkers

Draughts historian:

Dr. Arie van der Stoep

THE HISTORY OF DRAUGHTS OR

THE HISTORY OF CHECKERS

  BASED ON DOCUMENTS.

My draughts historical book of 2004, Part I was written in 1997 with the help of the dutch draughts historian Rob Jansen from Amsterdam.

 

Part II was written between 2002-2003 and finished in 2004 with the help of the Spanish chess historian José Antonio Garzón Roger from Valencia. We both belong to the Historical Comission of FEDA, directed by the President and wife of Dr. Ricardo Calvo, Mrs. María Carmen Romeo Pérez.

 

1997

Part I

The influence of the Queen "Isabel la Católica" on the new powerful dama in the origin of the draughts and modern chess game.

 

2004

Part  II

The influence of the Queen "Isabel la Católica" on the new powerful dama in the origin of the draughts and modern chess game.

New researches

 

         Historian: Rob Jansen

      (University of Amsterdam)

Chess & Draughts Historian:

José Antonio Garzón Roger

(Foto: Nadja Woissin - (Chessbase)

 

Official Member of the Historical Commission of the  FEDA

 

Garzon:

"Many historicns  have intended to make the history of the game of checkers (draughts) without the game of checkers, ie without taking into account the document themselves, technical books and manuscripts; indeed all of them are Spanish ones, outrageous".  

Chess Historian

Dr. Ricardo Calvo

Bibliographer of old Spanish

Draughts Books.

Victor Cantalapiedra Martín

Lélio Marcos y Victor Cantalapiedra

(http://www.wmsg-draughts.org)

Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at the Autonomous University of Madrid

Great Cross of "Isabel la Católica".

Dr. Luis Suárez Fernández

All researchers agree that Prof. Luis Suárez Fernández is a historian of the highest eminence in the world of the queen "Isabel la Católica". This professor wrote an favourable article about my book of 2004 in the Bulletin of the Royal Academy of History (Real Academía de Historia), 2006, Volume III cuaderno CCIII-September-December, pp. 381-383. He wrote some 20 books on "Isabel la Católica".

Professor Emeritus of Spanish Literature University of New York City:

Dr. Ángel Alcalá accompanied by José Antonio Garzón and Govert Westerveld

 

Prof Alcalá is world's best expert of Juan Ramírez de Lucena and has written more than 30 books.

Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at the University of Murcia:

Dr. Juan Torres Fontes

Discovered the draughts  book of Josef Antonio García García (1792) in Murcia.

 

El Professor Torres Fontes, great lover of Marc Bloch, stated ounce:

"I recall the words of M. Bloch, a founder of the School of the "Annales" saying  that historians should be judged not by what they know, but  what they are investigating".

Profesor Emeritus of Harvard University:

Dr. Francisco Márquez Villanueva

 

Expert on the subject of  "La Celestina," "Cervantes",  "Moriscoes" and Juan Ramírez de Lucena.

In recent years,  José Antonio Garzón Roger, Dr. Ricardo Calvo and Gofredo Valle de Ricote (Pseudonym for Govert Westerveld) have published many books concerning Francesch Vicent, Lucena, and his father Juan Ramírez de Lucena, viz:

 

Westerveld, Govert (1997). La influencia de la reina Isabel la Católica sobre la nueva dama poderosa en el origen del juego de las damas y el ajedrez moderno. En colaboración con Rob Jansen, Amsterdam. (Prólogo de Dr. Ricardo Calvo y Prof. Dr. Juan Torres Fontes). Editor Govert Westerveld, Beniel. ISBN 84-605-6372-3 - 329 páginas.

 

Calvo, Ricardo (1997). Lucena. La evasión en ajedrez del converso Calisto. (Prólogo de Fernando Arrabal). Perea Ediciones, Pedro Muñoz (Ciudad Real). ISBN 84-7729-217-5

- 181 páginas

 

Pérez de Arriaga, Joaquín (1997). El incunable de Lucena. Primer arte de ajedrez moderno. Ediciones Polifemo, Madrid. ISBN 84-86547-38-5   -  597 páginas

 

Castellví, Francí de; Vinyols, Narcís; Fenollar, Bernat (1475-1999), (Scachs d'amor). El poema Scachs d'amor: (siglo XV): primer texto conservado sobre ajedrez moderno / análisis y comentarios por Ricardo Calvo. (Prólogo de José Antonio Garzón Roger). Editorial Jaque XXI, Madrid. ISBN 84-923279-3-6   -  150 páginas

 

Garzón Roger, José Antonio (2001). En pos del incunable perdido. Francesch Vicent: Llibre dels jochs partits dels schachs, Valencia, 1495. Biblioteca Valenciana, Colección Bibliofilia, Valencia 2001.  ISBN  84-482-2860-X        -       192 páginas

 

Westerveld, Govert (2004), La reina Isabel la Católica, su reflejo en la dama poderosa de Valencia, cuna de ajedrez moderno y origen del juego de damas. En colaboración con José Antonio Garzón Roger, Valencia. (Prólogo de Prof. Dr. Juan Torres Fontes). Generalidad Valenciana, Secretaria Autonòmica de Cultura. ISBN 84-482-3718-8 - 426 páginas.

 

Garzón Roger, José Antonio (2005). El regreso de Francesch Vicent. La Historia del nacimiento y la expansión del ajedrez moderno. (Prólogo Anatoli Karpov). Generalidad Valenciana. Consellería de Cultura, Educació i Esport: Fundació Jaume II el Just, Valencia. ISBN 84-482-42193-2  -  500 páginas

 

Garzón Roger, José Antonio (2005). The Return of Francesch Vicent. The history of the birth and expansion of modern chess; translated by Manuel Pérez Carballo. (Foreword Anatoli Karpov). Generalidad Valenciana. Consellería de Cultura, Educació i Esport: Fundació Jaume II el Just, Valencia. ISBN 84-482-42194-0   - 500 páginas

 

Valle de Ricote, Gofredo  (2006), Los tres autores de la Celestina, el judeoconverso Juan Ramírez de Lucena, sus hijos Fernando de Rojas (Lucena) y Juan del Encina (alias Bartolomé Torres Naharro y Francisco Delicado). Tomo I: Biografía, estudio y documentos del antiguo autor de la Celestina, el ajedrecista Juan Ramírez de Lucena. (Prólogo Prof. Dr. Ángel Alcalá). Editor Govert Westerveld, Beniel. ISBN 84-923151-4-8 - 441 páginas

 

Garzón Roger,  José Antonio (2007). Estudio del tratado ajedrecístico de Luca Pacioli, Valencia.   - 57 páginas

 

Valle de Ricote, Gofredo (2008), Los tres autores de la Celestina, el judeoconverso Juan Ramírez de Lucena, sus hijos Fernando de Rojas (Lucena) y Juan del Encina (alias Bartolomé Torres Naharro y Francisco Delicado). Tomo II: El libro perdido de Lucena. "Tractado sobre la muerte de Don Diego de Azevedo". Editor: Govert Westerveld, Blanca. ISBN 84-612604-0-9 - 142 páginas.

 

Valle de Ricote, Gofredo (2009). Los tres autores de La Celestina: El judeoconverso Juan Ramírez de Lucena, sus hijos Fernando de Rojas (Lucena) y Juan del Encina (alias Lucena, Bartolomé Torres Naharro y Francisco Delicado). Tomo III: El misterioso Juan del Encina. Editor Govert Westerveld, Blanca. Editor:  .ISBN: 13:978-84-613-2191-9                                   - 351  páginas

 

Valle de Ricote, Gofredo (2009). Los tres autores de La Celestina: El judeoconverso Juan Ramírez de Lucena, sus hijos Fernando de Rojas (Lucena) y Juan del Encina (alias Lucena, Bartolomé Torres Naharro y Francisco Delicado). Tomo IV:   La Celestina: un señuelo, Fernando de Rojas, y un autor velado, Juan del Encina. Editor Govert Westerveld, Blanca. ISBN:  13:978-84-613-2189-6    -  261 páginas

 

Govert Westerveld; Consuelo Ciscar (secretary of Culture), José Antonio Garzón Roger and the Minister of Culture, Mr. Esteban Gonzalez Pons, during the presentation of the draughts history book of Govert Westerveld, Valencia, february, 2004.

The lawyer and politician, Mr. Esteban González Pons (here on the photo),  is now the right hand of President Rajoy, leader of the opposition party PP at Madrid. During an interview of the newspaper El Mundo,  the reporter asked the opinion of Mr. González Pons with respect to certain questiones of the party of  the President of the Nation, Mr. José Luis Zapater. It is interesting to see that our politician González Pons replied

some questions in chess terms:

"All kings are always two or three plays from  a check, but there is no danger if you know how to avoid it and  if it is clear to you where the dama is.  Every chess player knows that the important thing in the game is not the king, but the dama (queen). One may lose the king, but one does not lose his dignity if you have kept the dama (queen)"

(Newspaper “El Mundo”, saturday 4th of abril, 2009.  XXI Year, number 7.047).

José Antonio Garzón Roger during the presentation of his history book of chess, in presence of world champion Anatoli Karpov and the Minister of Culture, Valencia, 2005.

Harm Wiersma, world draughts champion ( 1976, 1979, 1981, 1983 and 1984) and chess historian José Antonio Garzón Roger.  

José Antonio Garzón Roger; Anatoly Karpov, world chess champion (several times during 1973-1999)  and draughts historian Govert Westerveld.

With my  thanks to the world chess and draughts champions that do believe in the connection between modern chess and the birth of the game of draughts, vindicating the Spanish (and more precisely, the Valencian) origin of it all.

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I started writing when I was a little boy. Perhaps  it was because I was reading a lot of books I loved.  During many years, I worked in the innovation of new products and  in finding new applications for existing products and noted the effectiveness of  intuition. Now I use this intuition when researching and writing historical books. Most of my 36 written books are sold by:

 

www.isabel1495.com

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www.el-morisco-ricote.net

www.blancaweb.org

www.blancanet.org

www.beniel.org

www.celestina-valledericote.com

www.juegodelasdamas.com

www.historyofcheckers.info

www.historyofdraughts.info

www.history-of-chess.info

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