Courier 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.
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!
Courier Chess Reproduction
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.
the first production of in 2008, additional versions of the
chessmen and board have been created. See the link below for
currently available sets.
productions are being developed. Check our listings
for fine brass sets and hand made boards.
Print of Lucas van Leyden's Painting
size: The image is reproduced in the same size as
the original painting: