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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I pass over the pretensions of the Irish , the Welsh , and the Jews , as " matters well worthy of confirmation , ” to use an expression . borrowed from our Transatlantic cousins . 3 It is evident , then , that these two causes ...
... for the youthful warrior , like a certain eminent military veteran of recent times , was strongly addicted to gambling ; and in its infancy even Chess itself was a gambling game , if I may use such an expression .
Had the author intended to indicate the power of our Queen , he would have used the expression sarvatah — i.e . , in all directions , which term he applies to the move of the King , a few lines before . The Elephant , then , in the game ...
... to denote the game itself , as well as our word " Check ; while the term Schach - matt ( which we have corrupted into Check - mate ) , is , both in pronunciation and meaning , the Persian and Arabic expression , " pur et simple .
The expression is the same as if we were to say , in order to convey an idea of the grandeur of a continental city , that it contained thirty thousand cafés , or as many tobacco shops . are not our equals in wisdom ; and consequently ...
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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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