There is no basis for the claim that Jews invented chess, or that King Solomon played the game, as is related in the Midrash Ginzberg, Legends 4, —3. Nor was chess known to Jews in the talmudic period, which ended before the game could have reached them from Persia. In the tenth century, Arabs introduced the game, which they called shatranj into Europe via Spain, and by the eleventh century it was widely played by Jews in that country and in Provence. An excellent verse description of the game attributed to him has been preserved by Leone Modena translated into English by Nina Davis in her Songs of Exile, The metrical and verbal skill of the original suggests Ibn Ezra as author but the main difficulty about ascribing it to him is the reference to the double pawn move. The reference may, however, be an interpolation, and Steinschneider doubts the ascription to Ibn Ezra.
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