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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Chaturanga , as a neuter substantive , denotes the " Game of Chess , " which originally represented an image of ancient Hindu warfare ; the mimic forces . therein employed being precisely the four species above described .
The precise nature of the term Chaturājī is clearly described in the text . 2 It would seem , at first sight , that this is a mere repetition of the last sentence ; but such is not the case : the former sentence would have remained ...
... were not attained till about the beginning of the sixteenth century ; and that the game , as played by the Persians and Indians even as late as Sir William's own time , was the same as that described in the Shāhnāma — in other words ...
Before we proceed further , it will be well to lay before the reader a diagram of each of the boards with the men placed as described in the book . On both boards the number of the pieces , their modes of moving , and their powers are ...
With regard to the contents of this volume , they may be briefly described , for unfortunately a large and valuable portion of it is missing . The first seven leaves , which are merely introductory , may be passed over as containing ...
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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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