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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Secondly , you are , in a remote degree , the authors , or , at all events , the prompters of this work of mine ; barring , of course , its faults and shortcomings , which are all my own . You will recollect , that , some six years ago ...
Such deficiencies , however , may be supplied in the course of time , especially those regarding the Japanese Game , now that we have established a friendly intercourse with the government and people of that interesting country . c It ...
For example : one man writes a quarto 2 - to prove that Chess was invented by the Scythian shepherds , nobody knows how long ago ; and that , in the course of time , this game was communicated to Palamedes , at the siege of Troy ...
... writers were to reflect for a moment on what they are saying , or rather repeating , they would soon find theirs is far from being the proper course " for having the matter cleared up , " as the " Standard - bearer " has it .
Now the term Chaturājī is not applied to the game at all ; it only denotes a certain position or contingency that may arise in the course of play , which ensures the most complete species of victory , equivalent to our Check mate .
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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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