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1. Board Game: Shatranj [Average Rating:6.65 Unranked]
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al-Farazdaq, also known as Hammam ibn Ghalib Abu Firas, (c. 641 - c. 729) was an Arab poet who around 728 may have made the first reference to chess by mentioning the baidaq, or pawn, of shatranj in a poem.
 
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2. Board Game: Chaturanga [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:15170]
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al-Adli ar Rumi (800 – 870) was in the 9th century a seemingly unbeatable player of shatranj, a game that was the predecessor to modern European chess. Around 840, he wrote what was essentially the first book to analyze chess in-depth along with the Indian game of Chaturanga. He was the first person to classify chess players and to categorize openings. He also described a variation of chess played with dice. He was possibly of Turkish descent.
 
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3. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:433] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
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Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn Jarir at-Tabari (c. 838 - February 17, 923) was a Persian historian who around 920 mentioned a chess incident in 802 between Emperor of Byzantium Nicephorus and the Caliph Huran ar-Rashid. He also mentions how the caliph al-Mutazz was playing a game of chess when a messenger brought in the head of his rival, al-Musta'in, and how the caliph paid no attention to this until the chess game was over.
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4. Board Game: Shatranj [Average Rating:6.65 Unranked]
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Abu-Bakr Muhammad ben Yahya as-Suli (c. 880 – 946) was an Arab shatranj player who along with physician Abu l-Abbas Ahmad ibn Muhammad as-Sarakhsi co-authored a book of openings for shatranj. He was the strongest shatranj player of his era. One of his shatranj puzzles remained unsolvable for over a thousand years!
 
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5. Board Game: A History of Chess [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Abu al-Hasan Ali ibn al-Husayn íbn Ali al-Mas'udi, also known as Abu al-Hassan Ali ibn al-Husain ibn Ali ibn Ali ibn Abdullah al-Masudi (c. 896 - September 956) was an Arab historian and geographer who was known as the "Herodotus of the Arabs". He wrote a history of chess in India and Persia. He described 6 different variants of chess, including Astrological Chess, Byzantine Round Chess, Circular Chess, and Cylinder Chess. He also wrote how in India the chess pieces were sometimes made of ivory and how the losers in a chess wager could lose money or something more such as a finger or hand.
 
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Abu'l-Faraj ibn al-Muzaffar ibn Sa'id al-Lajlaj (900 - 970) wrote a book of chess problems around 920. He may have been the first person to analyze and publish chess openings. The oldest chess game comes from a match between as-Suli and al-Lajlaj.
 
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7. Board Game: Viking: Tactical Warfare in the Dark Ages, 700-1300 [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:10629]
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Cnut the Great (c. 990 - November 12, 1035) was a Viking king of Denmark, England, Norway, and parts of Sweden. He is said to have ordered Earl Ulf to be killed after a disagreement about a chess game when the earl knocked over the board and stormed off when he accused the king of making an illegal move.
 
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8. Board Game: Chaturanga [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:15170]
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Abu'r-Raihan Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Beruni, also known as Alberuni (September 15, 973 – December 13, 1048) was a Persian polymath, scholar, teacher, physicist, anthropologist, psychologist, astronomer, chemist, geographer, geodesist, geologist, mathematician, pharmacist, physician, theologian, historian, traveler, and a critic of alchemy and astrology who around 1030 provided a description of a four-handed game of Chaturanga played with dice.
 
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9. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:433] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
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Pope Nicholas II, also known as Gerard de Bourgogne (? - July 27, 1061) used to play chess as the Bishop of Florence. Around this time the monk and cardinal Saint Peter Damian essentially convinced the Vatican to ban the game because of this.
 
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Petrus Alphonsi, also known as Moses Sepharadi (1062 – 1110) was a Jewish-Christian Spanish writer, astronomer, and polemicist was a physician to King Alfonso VI of Castile. His work Disciplina Clericalis listed chess among the seven skills that a good knight must acquire.
 
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Anna Komnene (December 1, 1083 – 1153) was a Byzantine princess and scholar who in a biography of her father Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos made the first Greek reference to chess. She mentioned that chess was invented by the Assyrians and that European crusaders may have been exposed to the game through her father, causing the game to be brought to England.
 
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Alfonso X (November 23, 1221 – April 4, 1284) was a Spanish monarch who ruled as the King of Castile, León, and Galicia from 1252 until his death. He also was elected German King in 1257. The Alfonso X manuscript Libro de los juegos, completed in 1283, describes rules for a number of dice and tables games in addition to its extensive discussion of chess.
 
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13. Board Game: A History of Chess [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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John of Wales (1220 - 1290) was a Franciscan who is attributed to writing what may be the oldest chess morality around 1250.
 
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Jacobus de Cessolis, also known as Jacopo da Cessole, (c. 1250 – c. 1322) was a Dominican monk in Lombardy and Italian author of the most famous morality book on chess in the Middle Ages. Around 1300, he used chess as the basis for a series of sermons on morality. His book was the basis for William Caxton's The Game and Playe of the Chesse, one of the first books printed in English.
 
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Muhammad ibn Mahmud al-Amuli, also known as Muhammad ibn Mahmud Amuli (1300-1352) was a medieval Persian physician who wrote that chess was invented in India. He was also the first person to describe Tamerlane Chess.
 
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16. Board Game: Tamerlane Chess [Average Rating:7.88 Unranked]
Board Game: Tamerlane Chess
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Emir Timur, also known as Tamerlane or Timur the Lame (1336 – February 19, 1405) was a 14th century Turco-Mongol who conquered much of Western and Central Asia and founded the Timurid Empire and Timurid dynasty which survived until 1857. He may have invented the namesake game Tamerlane Chess which was related to conventional chess and shatranj.
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17. Board Game: A History of Chess [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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William Caxton (c. 1418 – c. March 1492) was an English merchant, diplomat, writer, and printer. He was the first English person to work as a printer and the first person to introduce a printing press into England. He was also the first English retailer of books. It is believed that his 1474 book The Game and Play of the Chess was one of the first three books printed in English. In 1485, he was the first to publish Le Morte d'Arthur, the best-known work of English-language Arthurian literature.
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18. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:433] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
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Francesc Vicent (1450 - c. 1512) was a Spanish author who wrote the first treaty about chess in 1495. Unfortunately, no copies of this work has survived since the Peninsular War. Due to this writing, he has been considered the founder of modern chess, as his work spread throughout Europe. Boardgamegeek appears to date the invention of chess to 1475 as a poem from this year indicates that innovation of the queen which has been attributed to him or his region of Valencia. He later fled to Italy due to the Spanish Inquisition.
 
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Luis Ramirez de Lucena (c. 1465 - c. 1530) was a leading Spanish chess player. He wrote the oldest existing printed book on chess which was published in 1497. The book was written when the rules of chess were taking their modern form. Fewer than a dozen copies of the book exist. The Lucena position is named after him, even though it does not appear in his book.
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20. Board Game: A History of Chess [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Pedro Damiano (1480 - 1544) was a Portuguese chess player and pharmacist. His 1512 chess book went through eight editions in the 16th century. It is the oldest book that definitely states that the square on the right of the row closest to each chess player must be white. He states that e4 or d4 are the only real first moves and that e4 is better.
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Olaus Magnus, also known as Olaus Magni Gothus (October 1490 - August 1, 1557) was a Swedish ecclesiastic and writer who in 1555 wrote that Norse parents used chess to test the conduct of their daughters’ suitors.
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22. Board Game: A History of Chess [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Gerolamo Cardano (September 24, 1501 - September 21, 1576) was an Italian Renaissance mathematician and scientist who was an accomplished gambler and chess player. His 1526 book about games of chance Liber de ludo aleae contains the first treatment of probability as well as a section on cheating methods.
 
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Rodrigo (Ruy) López de Segura (c. 1540 – 1580) was a Spanish priest and later bishop in Segura whose chess book was one of the first fundamental chess books in Europe after the one by Pedro Damiano. He is considered by many to be the first unofficial world chess champion. The Ruy Lopez Opening is named after him.
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Giovanni Leonardo di Bona, also known as Giovanni Leonardo da Cutri or as Il Puttino (1542 - 1587) was an early Italian chess master. From 1566 to 1572, he travelled and played chess in Rome, Genoa, Marseille, and Barcelona. He won the first known international master tournament in the history of chess in Madrid in 1575.
 
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25. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:433] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
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Paolo Boi, also known as il Bove or il Siracusano (1528 - 1598) was an Italian chess player. He is considered to have been one of the greatest chess players of the 16th century. Boi beat Pope Paul III in one game. It's said that he had won more than 30,000 scudi from playing chess.
 
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