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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piece , called by the Persians and Arabs Farzin or Wazir , i.e. , counsellor or minister - with only half the power that he had previously possessed as an independent Sovereign . At the same time the Rook and Bishop change places ...
The Elephant , then , in the game of Chaturanga , had precisely the move of our Rook ; and we may add , once for all , that the present move of our Queen is not , generally speaking , of older date than three and a half centuries back .
It may be further observed that exactly one half of the squares on the board were altogether inaccessible to any of the ships ; but in the ancient game , when dice were used , the Ship , though in general the weakest of the pieces for ...
... that the severe and rigid laws of Manu in latter times became considerably relaxed , and that both sorts of games might at all times be played by special license from the magistrate - on condition that half the winnings should be ...
On both boards the number of the pieces , their modes of moving , and their powers are precisely the same , save that in the Shatranj , one of the two allied Kings has become a minister with only half his former authority .
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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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