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Leo. Moves on queen lines, but must jump once when taking.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2022-05-03 UTC

I found an interesting source. Encyclopedia of Chess Problems.-Milan Velimirovic Kari Valtonen.2012-Comprimido

in:

https://fr.scribd.com/document/536275573/Encyclopedia-of-Chess-Problems-Milan-Velimirovic-Kari-Valtonen-2012-comprimido

p96, the entry "Chinese pieces" says "introduced to a wider European publicity by P.Seyfert-Bitterfeld in the February 1936 issue of Die Schwalbe".

Also of interest the French book Le Guide des échecs, Traité complet" by Nicolas Giffard and Alain Biénabe (sadly passed away in 2021, see https://www.echecs64.com/2021/02/28/deces-du-problemiste-alain-bienabe/ ) has a very strong part dedicated to Fairy Chess (I don't know something as complete in English) written by Biénabé. Page 1200 it presents the family of Chinese pieces and says (my translation):

These pieces were "discovered" (from Chinese chess) by P.Seyfert in 1936, but it is T.R. Dawson who gave their first noble letters to this family!

According to British Chess News, https://britishchessnews.com/2019/12/16/remembering-thomas-rayner-dawson-28-xi-1889-16-xii-1951/ Leo (and Vao) had been invented in 1912.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2003-02-05 UTC
Hans, What is your source for saying that the Leo 'was invented in 1936 by Dr. P. Seyfert'? The only source I have on the subject, Dickins' A Guide to Fairy Chess, says of the Leo, Vao, and Pao, 'They were introduced by T. R. Dawson from Chinese Chess, probably before 1914' (11).

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