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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In the first place , the Greeks had a rude and primitive game played on a board , by means of pebbles , called TеTтeiα or Tеσσо which bore no resemblance whatever to Chess . Then the Romans had two distinct games , something like our ...
He evidently did not know that the word Queen was never heard of in Oriental Chess ; and even if she were , the piece so called by us was one of the weakest on the board , even in Europe , till the beginning of the sixteenth century ...
The first is that of the ancient Hindu game , called Chaturanga , in which 1 The claim of the Araucanians , being a little curious and highly suspicious , shall be noticed in the Appendix . 2 The germ of this stock paragraph is to be ...
... forces have each united on one side of the board , whilst the adversaries have done the same on the other . One of the allied Kings then becomes a subordinate piece , called by the Persians and Arabs Farzin or HISTORY OF CHESS . 7.
piece , called by the Persians and Arabs Farzin or Wazir , i.e. , counsellor or minister - with only half the power that he had previously possessed as an independent Sovereign . At the same time the Rook and Bishop change places ...
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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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