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The History of Alquerque-12. Spain and France. Volume I By Govert Westerveld
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Scholars did not consider it necessary to grant Spain the honour of being the creative country of the game of draughts and of the new modality in the chess game with the new dama. Both the... More > alquerque-3 as the alquerque-9 games were known in Roman times. Completely different is the situation for the alquerque-12 game. It is said that the alquerque has its origin in Egypt. Perhaps this is the case for the alquerque-3 and alquerque-9 games, but never for alquerque-12 game. Some authors claim that the alquerque-12 game is a Greek or Roman game, but the great expert of these games, Dr. Ulrich Schädler, discards it. This book is the first proof that the alquerque-12 game was not popular at all in France, but much more in Spain, where the new chess game and draughts game were invented.< Less
The Origin of the Checkers and Modern Chess Game. Volume II By Govert Westerveld
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This book, Volume II, at this moment is one of the most profound, rigorous and well-documented investigations ever into the history of draughts or chess. In this monumental work, around one thousand... More > books dealing with history, bibliography, technical treatises, literature, general culture, etc. were carefully studied and referenced. The intersection between the games of chess and draughts was much greater than was first thought, as the present research demonstrates. And as could not be otherwise: with the work and cooperation of one of the all-time great figures of the history of draughts and a chess historian specialized in the medieval and renaissance period and technical bibliography, everything would out. Indeed, a solid foundation on which to accommodate a truth that had so fiercely resisted the light of day. If this were not the case, without this team work, a lot, and maybe too much, time would have gone by until everything would have finally settled into its rightful place.< Less
Dismantling the anonymous authors of the books attributed to the brothers Alfonso and Juan de Valdés By Govert Westerveld
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In essence the goal of this book is to provide a toolbox from which researchers can draw conclusions about the possible authors of anonymous and doubtful works.
Revelation of the true authors behind Villalon’s books and manuscripts By Govert Westerveld
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Lucena was a man of many languages. Being Judeoconverso and son of Ambassador Juan Ramírez de Lucena he knew Hebrew. He also had to master Greek and Latin for his studies. Then his... More > international trips forced him to know Italian, Portuguese, and French. He was the ideal man to write Gramática Castellana. Since several works of Cristóbal de Villalón are giving problems as we do not know whether he was their real author, this work can hopefully clarify somewhat certain unknown territories.< Less
Draughts and La Celestina’s creator Francesch Vicent (Lucena), author of: Peregrino y Ginebra, signed by Hernando Díaz By Govert Westerveld
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Seeing that little was known about Hernán Díaz it was clear that this author could be Francesch Vicent (Lucena), because as we know, Francesch Vicent was in Ferrara in those years. This... More > was confirmed by JGAAP and other linguistic proofs thanks to the research of Dr. Rolf Eberenz.< Less
Diego de San Pedro and Juan de Flores: the pseudonyms of Lucena, the son of doctor Juan Ramírez de Lucena By Govert Westerveld
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After having explained the usefulness of the JGAAP program we come to the conclusion that Diego de San Pedro and Juan de Flores are pseudonyms of Lucena. With regards to La Celestina we will observe... More > in this book that Calisto is Lucena, as per Dr. Ricardo Calvo’s hypothesis from 1997 which we finally confirmed with the JGAAP.< Less
Analysis of the Comedy and Tragicomedy of Calisto and Melibea By Govert Westerveld
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The knowledge of intuition has made significant advances in recent years. I have always trusted my intuition in playing draughts, business, and history. I developed a hypothesis and later... More > had to confess that intuition is not enough to predict or assess all implications of including or excluding certain elements or relations. Although some of the ideas ended up to be wrong, others are now confirmed by the JGAAP program. JGAAP is a very helpful program, but using it is not enough to be sure that the results are 100% reliable. For that reason we need additional proofs, such as studies by other researchers and certain words frequently used by the author. In essence, the goal of this book is to provide a toolbox from which researchers can draw certain conclusions about the possible authors of La Celestina.< Less
The History of alquerque-12. Texts of the game - Volume III. By Govert Westerveld
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Researchers are always referring to the fact that alquerque or Quirkat was being played throughout Egypt. In this sense we have to take into account that with regards to the alquerque games we have... More > three man morris, six man morris, nine man morris, and twelve man morris. Each game was played in a certain period. Most historians and archaeologists were following Murray, and stated that alquerque-12 was native to Egypt in the 14th and 13th century B.C., because boards had been found carved into the blocks of stone that form the Luxor temple’s roof in Kurna, Egypt. However, alquerque-12 has nothing to do with this period. Alquerque-12 in various countries always had to do with Christians and the church. It was probably played by the church authorities, European crusaders, Knight Templars, Knights of the Order of Santiago, and other soldiers. For that reason we hypothesise that the game was an invention of or related to the activities of the Catholic Church not earlier than the sixth century.< Less
My Young Years by the side of Harm Wiersma and Ton Sijbrands, Future World Champions By Govert Westerveld
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It is convenient to observe the youth group of the Brinta Tournament of 1963/1964, because it would be the start of forthcoming world champions. I was the youth champion of The Netherlands and I also... More > participated in this event. Ton Sijbrands won the tournament with 16 points and had only two draws. I lost to Harm Wiersma and Ton Sijbrands, which was enough for me to tell the whole world that these two players would be future world champions. Ton Sijbrands accomplished this feat in 1972 and 1973. However, the achievements of International Grandmaster Harm Wiersma are better still. He was six times world champion in the years 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981, and 1983- 1984. On the other hand he was Europe’s champion in 1999 before Ton Sijbrands! I recommend this book to psycologists and all professionals who work with children as a source of knowledge and a challenge to think in new concepts.< Less
Blanca y sus hierbas medicinales de antaño By Govert Westerveld
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Sobre el futuro de la agricultura como opción de negocio, un empresario de chufas no tiene duda: "La huerta tiene mucho futuro". Un profesor de Formación Profesional advierte... More > de que "en la agricultura sobran técnicos y faltan agricultores del siglo XXI, con calidad emprendedora. Se terminó la visión de nuestros abuelos, que tenían magníficas cosechas cuyos beneficios se perdían en intermediarios. La clave para el éxito de la huerta es especialización y profesionalización”. Los idiomas son parte fundamental en la formación de profesionales pues brindan herramientas clave para el desempeño laboral y la innovación. Los conocimientos antiguos de nuestros abuelos son hoy fuente de estudio de la medicina moderna en busca de "nuevos" conocimientos y medicamentos más efectivos con menos efectos secundarios. Con estas nuevas tendencias el mundo agrícola está cambiando poco a poco y podemos preguntarnos: ¿Cuál ha de ser el nivel medio profesional del agricultor en los momentos actuales?< Less

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