In addition to reading a lot of Latin every day, I’ve reprised the working of chess problems. So, when I was looking back through the blog for something I had written I found some posts that I made last year at this time when I was doing some chaplain work at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station. One of them linked to a page about chess … in Latin. HERE
Animi caussa… the names of the pieces.
- 1 rex, sive scaccus
- 1 regina (vel virgo, vel amazon, vel domina), sive dama (unde damicus ludus), vel fercia
- 2 turres, vel elephantes, sive rochi
- 2 episcopi (vel satellites, vel signiferi, vel cursores, vel sagittiferi), sive alf?ni
- 2 equites
- 8 pedites, vel pedini, sive pedones.
And how does the regina move, you ask?
Regina est potentissima omnium militum. Ei sunt potestates et episcopi et turris. Potest moveri passim quemlibet numerum quadratorum prorsum (sive sursum), rursum (sive deorsum), dextrorsum, sinistrorsum, et quemlibet in obliquum.
There are also descriptions of the history of the game, the notation for recording moves, etc.
If you are at all interested in chess and Latin, check it out.