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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This judicious remark on the part of the philosophic standard - bearer , appears to me to be most applicable to the present state of our information respecting the origin and progress of the game of Chess . Modern writers on the subject ...
Thus it would appear that Yudhishthira fared no better at Chess or Chaturanga than he had done with the plain dice . It is to be inferred that he ventured on the game too soon after Vyasa's lecture , before he had sufficient time to ...
... situation called Vrihannaukā , or " C concourse of the ships , " can occur only in five particular portions of the board , viz . , in the four central squares , and also within a square of each of the four corners , as will appear ...
... has only one piece left , that piece cannot be taken so long as he acts merely on the defensive , in protecting his own King . It would further appear that some such rule also prevailed in the Levant during the middle ages , as may ...
These appear to me to be the general principles of the game of Chaturanga ; but , as I have already stated , there are a number of minor points , not touched upon in the text , which are open to mere conjecture ; at the same time ...
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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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