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Games

How old is chess?

It dates to the Middle Ages: In 1283 Alfonso X (1221–1284), king of Castile and León (Spain), commissioned the Libro de ajedrez, dados y tablas (Book of Chess, Dice, and Backgammon), based on an Arabic text. This book is still considered an important source on leisure activities in the Middle Ages (500–1350).



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