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First existing chess book writer vs. father Quintana
First existing chess book writer vs. father Quintana 5

Luis Ramírez de Lucena (c. 1465 – c. 1530) was a Spanish chess player who created the earliest known chess book. He is thought to be the son of humanist author and diplomat Juan de Lucena. Lucena authored the first extant printed book on chess, Repetición de Amores y Arte de Ajedrez with CL [150] Juegos de Partido (“Repetition of Love and the Art of Playing Chess with 150 Games”), in Salamanca in 1497. The book analyzes eleven chess openings, but it also contains numerous simple mistakes, leading chess historian H. J. R. Murray to believe that it was written in a haste. The book was published during a time when the rules of chess were evolving into their contemporary form (see beginnings of modern chess), and some of the 150 situations in the book are from the old game while others are new. There are less than a dozen copies of the book. Commentators believe that much of the material was plagiarized from Francesc Vicent's now-lost 1495 book Libre dels jochs partits dels schacs in nombre de 100.

Quintana of Father Quintana

1.c3 Nc6

2.d4 e6

3.e4 d5

4.exd5 exd5

5.g3 Bd6

6.Bh3 Bxh3

7.Nxh3 Qd7

8.Nf4 Nf6

9.Qf3 Bxf4

10.Bxf4 0-0-0

11.0-0 Qh3

12.Bg5 Ng4

13.Qg2 Qxg2+

14.Kxg2 f6

15.Bd2 Rhe8

16.Re1 Rxe1

17.Bxe1 Re8

18.Nd2 Nh6

19.Nf1 Nf5

20.Bd2 Nd6

21.h4 Ne4

22.Be3 g5

23.hxg5 fxg5

24.f3 Nd6

25.Bxg5 Re2+

26.Kh3 Rxb2

27.Ne3 Nb5

28.Nxd5 Rc2

29.Re1 Nxc3

30.Re8+ Kd7

31.Nf6+ Kd6