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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Sir William Jones , 1 both of Oxford , arrived at the conclusion , which I hold to be the correct one , that Chess was invented in India , and thence introduced into Persia and other Asiatic regions during the sixth century of our era .
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 moves and powers of all the pieces employed were the same that prevailed in Asia , and Europe , down to the close of the fifteenth century of our era . The origin of this form of the game is lost in the depths of remote antiquity ...
The third , or modern period , commences with the sixteenth century . The change made here consists , first , in extending the power of the Bishop , allowing him to command the whole diagonal , instead of every third square as formerly ...
That the reader may understand the difficulties that Sir William Jones had to encounter , I may mention that from the earliest times on record till towards the close of the last century , the Sanskrit language continued to be the sacred ...
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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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