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 board and men being thus prepared , I shall suppose myself addressing the player of the Green ( or White , as the case may be , ) with a view to inculcate , in the simplest manner , the principles of the game , as far as my ...
In a similar manner let the Red and Yellow forces unite on the further side of the board , so that King may be opposite to King , and Farzin to Farzin , & c . , and we have what we now call the White men . This is the precise state in ...
In the very first engagement Talkhand's forces were totally defeated , and he himself , mounted on a superb white elephant , was hurried from the field in the midst of the flight . The victorious army , mounted on swift horses ...
WHITE . 1. Q. R. takes Kt . ( check ) 2. R. to Q. B. 8th . ( check ) 3. Kt . to Q. Kt . 5th ( check ) 2 4. R. to Q. B. 6th ( check ) 5. K. B. to Q. 7th ( check ) 3 6. R. to Q. Kt . 6th ( check ) 7. R. to Q. Kt . 5th ( check ) " 8.
Ali had the White , and we see that already he has gained two Pawns of his opponent . ... It is now White's move , and we see that his Rook can take the Black Queen at once , for the Black Bishop does not command the square she is on ...
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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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