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Get the stamp dedicated to Ruy López de Segura, from our series Characters, which was xxxx
The clergyman Rodrigo (Ruy) López de Segura was born in 1530 in Zafra (Badajoz), being the parish priest of the Candelaria of the same locality. He excelled in humanities and grammar, but where he is universally known is in the world of the sixty-four squares, chess. After his chess successes he entered the royal court of Philip II, being his confessor and advisor.
In 1560 he went to Rome to attend the consecration of the new Pope Pius IV. There he had the opportunity to challenge and defeat the best Italian chess players, considered the best in Europe, including Leonardo da Cutri (the Italian would defeat him at El Escorial in 1575 in the first international masters tournament). Ruy Lopez repeated the feat around 1573 on the occasion of the ascension of the new Pope Gregory XIII, making him the world's first unofficial chess champion, at least between 1570 and 1575.
In 1561 he published in Alcalá de Henares the famous "Book of the liberal invention and art of the game of axedrez", one of the first theoretical texts of chess in Europe, where he explains the rules of the game the known openings, the development of the pieces, as well as memorable examples of attack and counterattack game, practical advice, etc.
The zafrense put into play one of the best known openings in chess, the "Spanish" or "Ruy López" (1 . e4 e5 2 . Nf3 Cc6 3 . Ab5), in addition to the king's gambit and other openings. He helped implement the catch-by-step rule and successfully practiced the art of playing blind against several opponents at once.
In 1570 he requested to travel to Lima (Peru), where his brother Alonso was, traveling a few years later, where he died at the end of the sixteenth century.
Correos has chosen for the image of the stamp a portrait of Ruy López and in the background a chessboard with the Spanish opening that movement that Ruy López de Segura imagined and put into play.
Product of Filatelia Correos, sold and sent by Correos
Printing: Offset in coated, rubberized and phosphorescent support.
Seal size: 40.9 x 28.8 mm
Postal value of eachstamp: 2€
Publication Date: July 20, 2022
Circulation: 135,000 stamps
Product exempt from VAT.