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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... merely a step in advance on the high road of improvement , similar to the change from the medieval into the common game of the present day , which took place near the time of Damiano , in the early part of the sixteenth century .
Whoever is already in possession of two sets of common chessmen - one of wood , and another of bone or ivorymay easily convert the same into two complete sets for the Chaturanga , in this wise , -the wooden set will furnish the King ...
In fact , one anonymous writer ( of whom more in due time ) , repeatedly asserts that the common game brought into Persia , from India in the reign of Naushirawan , was not an invention of the Hindus at that time , but merely an ...
In the same paper Alpha will find that in the common Hindustānī game the piece which we call Rook is there called Rukh , or Rath - showing that the Indian people used at that time both the Persian and Sanskrit term : in all probability ...
Then we have 7 folios on the invention of the common game in India . This chapter , also is complete , and the substance of it has been already given in our Chapter VII . Two chapters on the relative value of the pieces , and on the ...
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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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