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 .
The board and the powers of the pieces still remain the same , but the two allied forces have each united on one side of the board , whilst the adversaries have done the same on the other . One of the allied Kings then becomes a ...
As an adjective it is very nearly equivalent to our word " quadripartite , " and is generally applied to an army composed , in certain proportions , of four distinct species of forces . These were , anciently , elephants , horses ...
In short , whether we consider the game to have been invented in Ceylon during the siege of Lankā , or subsequently in Central India , the admission of the ship , as one part of the four forces , is quite in accordance with the time ...
Let each player preserve his own forces with excessive care , and remember that the King is the most important of all . O Prince , from inattention to the humbler forces , the King himself may fall into disaster .
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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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