The History of Chess: From the Time of the Early Invention of the Game in India Till the Period of Its Establishment in Western and Central Europe
W. H. Allen & Company, 1860 - Chess - 312 pages
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The Bishop and Castle have changed places though they still retain their old names . The Bishop is to this day called the Elephant by the people of India , the Persians , and the Arabs ; and the Rukh is nothing more or less than the ...
This term corresponds to the Pluteus or Vinea of the Romans , a moveable shed or pent - house that rolled upon wheels , and was thrust forward against the wall of a town or castle , so as to screen the besiegers in their operations of ...
The Rukh , i.e. , the Rook or Castle . This Rukh had precisely the same move as with us . He was the most powerful of all the pieces on the Great Chess - board as he had previously been in the common game . Placed anywhere on the board ...
When did the terms " Castle , Tower , Tour , or Thurm , " come into use on this side of the Alps ? In accounting for such an anomaly as a tower on the Chess - board , people content themselves by saying that it originated from the ...
It so happens that the Italians have in their own language a word somewhat similar in sound and spelling , which signifies " a fortress , " or " castle ; " and this gave rise to their Torre or Castello , thence came the Tour , Thurm ...
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This is a lovely 1860 book with a normal chess diagram on the back hard cover and the chaturanga 4 team diagram on the front.The coloured chaturanga layout next to the title page has a yellow set in the top LH, a black set in the top RH, a green set in the bottom LH and a red set on the bottom RH. If you buy a later edition it will not have the coloured diagram and it will be difficult to work out play from page 16 onwards.There is a good black & white chaturanga diagram on page 39 which will help.
The book has all the creation histories and p.15 where Forbes suggests the game was from India 3000 years before our era resulted in some contrary views. It has 60 pages of Appendices and covers all viewpoints to 1860 thoroughly. He believed India to be the birthplace of chess but gives much information on Chinese chess which became topical when David Li's book'The Genealogy of Chess' appeared in 1998. Most historians still think the game came from India but Mr. Li makes a strong case for China.
The 1860 copy has 18 chapters and 6 Appendices in its 372 pages and is on good paper, well printed with large lettering.Forbes (1798-1868) was a Scots Professor of Oriental Languages at Kings College London..Bob Meadley
This is a very informative book and provides great insight into how chess came to be.
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