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 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 Sanskrit Roka , " a boat , " whence came ( through the Persian ) our word Rook which is ...
Again , the piece still retaining the power of the original Elephant when stationed in the corner , rejoices in the ancient name of the " Ship , " or " Chariot ; " in Sanskrit , " Roka , " or Ratha ; " and , in Persian , " Rukh .
On receiving the game from India the Persians changed the word " Roka " into Rukh , which in their language means a " Hero , " or " Warrior ; " also a swift and fierce species of camel ; and , as we shall show in our next chapter ...
The Counsellor moved one square diagonally around his 2 1 It would be out of place here to trace the various transformations of the Sanskrit " Roka " into the Persian " Rukh , " then into the Arabic " Rukhkh , " thence into the ...
The heroic Rukh , longing for combat , rushed on in each of the four directions : woe to the enemy that crossed his path , for he commanded the whole range of the battle - field . The Foot Soldier , from either side , advanced straight ...
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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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