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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Had he taken the Chaldean shepherds instead , 1836 , 8vo . , says , alluding to Chess , " Latrunculorum ludus ... Now it is well known that the poem alluded to has nothing whatever to do with Chess ; and this is the way by which errors ...
It is mentioned in the " Laws of the Howel Da , " & c . , that is , if it be Chess which is there alluded to , a point on which the learned of Cambria by no means agree . Welsh , the Araucanians , ' the Jews , the HISTORY OF CHESS . 5.
Even the mild and enlightened Akbar was obliged to have recourse to a little artifice1 in order to gain some information respecting 1 There is a pretty little romance , as we are told , connected with the stratagem here alluded to .
In both of these works , the text , with very slight variations , is identical , and evidently taken from the same original , viz . , that alluded to by Sir William Jones as an abstract from the " Bhavishya Purana , " ( vide " Asiatic ...
1 The die alluded to is an oblong , four - sided one , used by the natives of India to this day in some of their own peculiar games , such as the game of Chaupar , in which , according to Abu - l - Fazl's description in the “ Ayīni ...
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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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