Bernat Fenollar

Bernat Fenollar, also Mossèn (Bernat de) Fenollar (Penàguila, Valencian Community, 1438 – Valencia, 28 February 1516) was a poet, cleric and chess player from Valencia, Spain.[1] He was an abbot (the title "Mossèn" was often given to clergymen), had a position both in Valencia Cathedral and the University of Valencia as a professor of mathematics.[2]

Bernat Fenollar
Bernat Fenollar a Muro.jpg
Bernat Fenollar on the "Passeig de Batà de Muro" (summer 2017)
DiedFebruary 28, 1516
Valencia, Kingdom of Valencia
Other namesMossèn (Bernat de) Fenollar
Occupationcleric, math professor, poet and chess player


Xylography of Bernat Fenollar

Scachs d'amorEdit

He is one of the authors of Scachs d'amor or Chess of Love, a poem based on a chess game between Francesc de Castellví and Narcís Vinyoles,[3] while Bernat Fenollar comments and establishes the rules.[1][4] It is the first documented game played with the modern rules of chess, at least concerning the moves of the queen and bishop.[4]

Selected worksEdit

  • Història de la passió de N.S. Jesu Christi en cobles, Valencia: 1493 (in Catalan)
  • Lo procés de les olives, Valencia: 1497 (in Catalan)
  • Les trobes en lahors de la Verge Maria, Valencia: 1974 (in English), ISBN 9788450065886
  • The poem Scachs d'amor (1475), Murcia: 2015 (in English), ISBN 9781326374914

Source: WorldCat[5]


  1. ^ a b "Bernat Fenollar". (in Catalan). Gran Enciclopèdia Catalana. Retrieved 2015-08-07.
  2. ^ Ricardo Calvo, Valencia Spain: The Cradle of European Chess, Presentation to the CCI (Chess Collectors International) May, 1998, Vienna, Austria.
  3. ^ Francesco di Castellvi vs Narciso Vinyoles, Valencia, Spain, 1475,
  4. ^ a b Sobrer, Josep Miquel. "The English translation of Scachs d'Amor". Scachs d'Amor Org. Retrieved 2015-08-07.
  5. ^ au:Fenollar, Bernat, on WorldCat.

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