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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As an adjective it is very nearly equivalent to our word " quadripartite , " and is generally applied to an army composed , in certain proportions , of four distinct species of forces . These were , anciently , elephants , horses ...
It is obvious , then , that in such a country ships and boats must have formed a very important item in the matériel of an army , whether for offensive or defensive purposes . On this point the reader will find ample confirmation in the ...
Vyasa thus replied : " O my Prince , having delineated a square board , with eight houses on each of the four sides , then draw up the red warriors on the east ; on the south array the army clad in green ; on the west let the yellow ...
In order to attain those situations on the board , called the Singhāsana and the Chaturājī , the King is to be preserved at the expense of the whole army , the Elephant even included . " Peculiar Situations of the Pieces , conferring ...
Let us now for a moment examine , for example , the Green army , as arranged in the Chaturanga . We see the Elephant ( i.e. our Rook ) stand next the King ; and the Ship ( i.e. the medieval Bishop ) placed in ...
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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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