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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These were , anciently , elephants , horses , ships ( or more recently chariots ) , and infantry . In this sense we find it used adjectively by the ancient Hindu poet , Vālmīki , in his celebrated epic the ' Rāmāyana , " book ii . cap .
Let each player place his Elephant on the left of his King ; next to that the Horse ; and last of all the Ship ; and in each of the four armies let the infantry be drawn up in front . The ship shall occupy the left - hand corner ...
If , on throwing the die , ' the number should turn up five , the King or one of the Pawns must move ; if four , the Elephant ; if three , the Horse ; and , if the throw be two , then , O Prince , the Ship must move .
The Ship ( from a central position ) commands only four squares , but the Horse commands eight ; therefore , the Horse bears the higher value.1 The Pawns and the Ship assail the foe without subjecting themselves to capture ; the King ...
... he states that in the original Hindū game of " Chaturanga , " the pieces consisted of Kings , Elephants , Horses , Ships , and Pawns ; but that " latterly , among the Hindus , the Ship was changed into the War Chariot .
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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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