Courier Chess Recreated
after 500 Years
from Lucas van
Leyden's Famous Painting of 1508
courier game - kurrier - renaissance
- medieval - 8 by 12 - chess players - chess match - kurierschachspiel
s variants - ancient chess ____
chess flourished for over six centuries in central Europe. Played
on an expanded 8 by 12 board, and with three novel pieces and
four additional pawns on each side, the “courier game”
was played alongside the old medieval chess and the modern chess
we play today.
1508, the Dutch painter Lucas van Leyden captured the drama
of courier chess in his famous painting, known as “The
Chess Match,” “The Chess Players,” or “The
after 500 years, the game in van Leyden’s picture has
been analyzed and a faithful reproduction of the chess pieces
and board have been created. Along with rules, first published
the chess chronologist Gustav Selenus, the great game of Old
Europe has been resurrected, and is ready to be played on into
the 21st century!
In March, 2009, an article appeared in The Chess Collector —
the official magazine of Chess Collector International, discussing
courier chess in detail, and referring to this new re-creation.
You can download the full illustrated article (in PDF form)
by clicking this
Courier Chess Reproduction
already purchased one of your sets and I love it!
It exceeded my expectations. I hope you can continue
producing these sets, you're doing a valuable service
making this extinct game available again. ________________________________________________—
Jeff S. of Everett, Washington, USA
complete set of 48 pieces stand between ¾ inch
and 2 ¼ inches tall (1.8 ~ 6 cm), the same size of those
depicted in van Leyden’s painting.
Hand crafted in Riverside, California, made of solid resin,
steel reinforced where needed, pigmented throughout, and hand
detailed to recreate the 500-year-old painting as closely as
They are felted for comfort in play, and protection of the board.
This copyrighted reproduction is available only through CourierChess.com.
The board measures 19 ¾ by 13 ¾
inches; ½ inch thick (35 by 50 by 1.25 cm), just like
the one depicted in van Leyden’s painting.
The playing surface is a photographic image of a fine hand-painted
German beech wood replica – likely materials for van Leyden’s
original subject. It is reproduced here fixed to sturdy fiberwood
A quality print, the same size as the original
painting, is included (details below).
The illustrated rule booklet clearly lays out
the original rules of play with diagrams, pictures and explanations.
More information about this chess set is available
in a special message to Chess