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 do not mean to say that I can intimate anything like the precise time when , or the exact spot where , the invention took place ; nor is this at all requisite for the investigation . In fact , many of our noblest discoveries , even of ...
If we calmly inquire into such plain facts as come within our reach , setting aside all foolish prejudices and partialities , we shall find that the history of Chess naturally falls under three distinct periods .
... and , in fact , it forms one of the best proofs that the game is of Indian origin . It is well known that the vast alluvial plains of the Panjab , as well as those bordering on the Ganges , are , for nearly one - third of the year ...
They are all most probably founded on something of the nature of fact , only the details are highly coloured . The best original account of this very ancient game to which we have yet obtained access , is to be found in the Sanskrit ...
These , like portions of the Purānas , are probably founded upon real facts , though highly coloured with the extravagant mythology of the country . At the same time , they are greatly to be admired for the elegance of the language in ...
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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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