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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Another writer insists that Chess was invented either at Babylon or Palmyra - I forget which - because the queen has such great power in the game . This is the greatest dreamer of the whole host . He evidently did not know that the word ...
The change made here consists , first , in extending the power of the Bishop , allowing him to command the whole diagonal , instead of every third square as formerly ; secondly , in giving the Queen or Minister the enormous power of the ...
They have translated the passage , " the Elephant moves in all directions as far as the driver pleases ; " and , further on , it is added , " the Elephant , we find , has the powers of our Queen , as we are pleased to call the minister ...
Thus we have got one set for the Chaturanga , but the convenience of it is that we have still another set in reserve , by making the four Queens , who never had any place in either of the Oriental games , whether Chaturanga or Shatranj ...
The reader will bear in mind that , till the reign of the enlightened Akbar , the contemporary of our Queen Elizabeth , the classical writings of the Brahmans were , in the strictest sense , a sealed book to all men existing out of the ...
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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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