20 October 2007

Luca Pacioli plays chess

Around 1500 Italian mathematician Luca Pacioli, then befriending Leonardo da Vinci, wrote a cheat book for chess called "De ludo scacchorum," or "The Game of Chess." The guide is mentioned frequently in bibliographic material but was never discovered until last year when, by chance, Serenella Ferrari Benedetti pointed researcher Duilio Contin to the manuscript. Contin recognized it as the lost Pacioli text and brought it to the attention of paleographers and Pacioli scholars.

The manuscript contains forty-eight pages of carefully-drawn diagrams, each representing a possible chess scenario to which Pacioli offers his solutions.

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