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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CHAPTER X. SHATRANJ CONCLUDED - On the Openings or Battle Array - End Games or Positions Won by Force - End Games Drawn by Force - Diagram of Battle Array - Six Problems illustrative of End Games Won or Drawn , per force CHAPTER XI .
... having delineated a square board , with eight houses on each of the four sides , then draw up the red warriors on the east ... and last of all the Ship ; and in each of the four armies let the infantry be drawn up in front .
It is further evident from this stanza that the situation called Kākakāshṭa was equivalent to what we call a drawn game : though in the Shatranj as we shall hereafter see , the party so reduced was considered as defeated .
Thus , by a very slight alteration in form , but none whatever in principle , we have the men drawn up on the side of the board next to us , the same as we at this day arrange our Black men . In a similar manner let the Red and Yellow ...
Here the sage counsellor pointed out to them how the board of sixty - four squares represented a battle - field , and thus he proceeded to draw up in battle array the ebony and ivory forces . " I would , with due submission , just hint ...
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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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