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Fidchell (Gwyddbwyll)




Northern Europe


Fidchell is a game known from texts in Ireland and Wales. Not much information is given about how it is played, but boards found in the archaeological record seem to have belonged to this game.


Square board, two players, equal number of pieces per side, custodial capture, pieces move orthogonally over any distance.

DLP evidence.


Murray 1951: 34-35.

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Dillon, M. 1953. Serglige Con Culainn. Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.

MacWhite, E. 1945. "Early Irish Board Games." Eigse: A Journal of Irish Studies. 5(1): 25–35.

Meyer, K. ed. 1912. Sanas Cormaic and Old-Irish Glossary. Dublin: Hodges, Figgis & Co.

Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

O'Keefe, G. 1911. "Mac dá Cherda and Cummaine Foda." Ériu 5: 18-44.



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