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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Yudhishthira said to Vyasa , " Explain to me , O thou super - eminent in virtue , the nature of the game that is played on the eight - times - eight squared board . Tell me , O my master , how the Chaturājī1 may be accomplished .
The Ship ( from a central position ) commands only four squares , but the Horse commands eight ; therefore , the Horse bears the higher value.1 The Pawns and the Ship assail the foe without subjecting themselves to capture ; the King ...
And he made the board to consist only of eight squares by eight , that is altogether sixty - four squares the form in which it is now used ; and then he presented it to the King . The latter soon acquired the theory and practice of the ...
Sometimes the reward is said to have been in grains of wheat ; in which case I have an impression of having once calculated that the heap of grain thus realised , would suffice to cover the whole of our globe , both sea and land , eight ...
On careful perusal , however , I have found that twenty - eight of the leaves , if properly arranged , would form a complete sequence without any break , and the other four are uncertain . The following is the order of the subjects as ...
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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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