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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I WOULD now beg leave to hazard a few conjectures respecting the mode in which the ancient Chaturanga became gradually changed into the Shatranj , or mediŠval game . We have seen that , in playing the former , it was an object of ...
... and orthodox Hindūs , by two or four persons , as the case might be , without the aid of dice , and that in the course of time this game was changed into the still more intellectual contest of the Shatranj , or mediŠval game .
The Bishop and Castle have changed places though they still retain their old names . The Bishop is to this day called the Elephant by the people of India , the Persians , and the Arabs ; and the Rukh is nothing more or less than the ...
In this transition of the Chaturanga into the Shatranj , we see a curious instance of the tenacity with which the ancient names are still retained , although two of the pieces have changed places . Thus , the piece next the King is ...
Hence , in the Sanskrit language , the game under all its phases is called Chaturanga , and nothing else ; for , throughout all its varieties , " the four species of forces " are the same numerically , though changed in a few instances ...
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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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