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Dame of Valencia. Queen of Chess Around the World.


Production companies

Carme Karr, 13-15
08034 Barcelona, Catalonia

Contact Agustí Mezquida

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Carrer Vidal, 1
46002 Valencia, Spain

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Technical details

  • Year: 2012

  • Type: Documentary - Feature Film

  • Genre: History

  • Audience: General Audiences

  • Runtime: 84.00 '

  • Original version: English , Spanish , Catalan , Italian

  • Subtitled versions: English , Spanish , Catalan

  • Format: Colour, HD, Digital 5.1,

  • Status: Completed

cast and crew

With the support of

  • ICAA (Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales)

  • IVC


During the last third of the 15th century, during the reign of Isabella, a group of Valencian scholars, inspired by the power of their queen, replaced the vizier with a queen on the chessboard, revolutionizing the millenary game forever. Francesch Vicent, the convert Jew from Segorbe who wrote the first modern chess treaty, ''Libre dels of Jochs Partitis dels Scachs'', which was published in Valencia in 1495 and no longer exists today, was persecuted by the Inquisition and sought refuge in Italy. The Borgias would welcome him and hail him as their chess master, a game that increasingly gained importance in the European courts.