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
From inside the book
Results 1-5 of 74
I happen to possess sources of information which to the latter were either altogether inaccessible or imperfectly known . I think I can clearly show that the game originated in India , and nowhere else . I do not mean to say that I can ...
2 It would seem , at first sight , that this is a mere repetition of the last sentence ; but such is not the case : the former sentence would have remained vague and indefinite without the latter . " If , on throwing the die , ' the IV.
When the Chaturājī is attained , on the part of a player , by the latter's King slaying the last of the hostile Kings , then he is entitled to a twofold stake , otherwise it shall be a single stake . O Prince , when , in the game of ...
The transition of the Chaturanga into the latter modification is of the simplest and most natural kind , being merely a step in advance on the high road of improvement , similar to the change from the medieval into the common game of ...
With regard to the King's Pawn and Ship's Pawn , I think we may venture to infer that they attained the rank of King , but only in those cases where the latter may have been already captured , not otherwise .
What people are saying - Write a review
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.
Other editions - View all
The History of Chess: From the Time of the Early Invention of the Game in ...
No preview available - 2017