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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Now , it so happens , that , instead of being obscure , it affords us a ray of light of no small importance . We learn from it that the adverse forces of each party were those on the right and left of the board ; consequently ...
Having gained your ally's throne , and consequently the command of his forces , the main point then is to capture the hostile Kings , thus , gaining the Chaturājī , or , in other words , completely winning the game .
... previously removed , we are left to infer that they immediately received their promotion ; and consequently each of the four players must have been furnished with a spare Elephant and Knight to meet such favourable conjunctures .
... in addition to the direct testimony of the Puranic poems , and also that of all the old writers of Arabia and Persia who have in any way alluded to the subject ; consequently , that the invention belongs to the Hindus only . 3rd .
Besides , in the purer period of the Hindū religion , the Brahmans really had no interest in gambling , for an excellent reason they were understood to be possessed of no property to lose , and consequently they had no temptation to win ...
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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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