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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... of every third square as formerly ; secondly , in giving the Queen or Minister the enormous power of the Rook and Bishop combined ; and , lastly , in allowing the Pawns to advance one or two squares at pleasure , at the first move .
precisely the same moves and powers as they have with us at this day , except that the Pawn could move only one square at starting . The Bishop moves diagonally to any third square , passing over the square next to him , which he does ...
If , on throwing the die , ' the number should turn up five , the King or one of the Pawns must move ; if four , the Elephant ; if three , the Horse ; and , if the throw be two , then , O Prince , the Ship must move .
When a King moves to the square of another King , O Yudhishthira , then he is said to have 1 Sir William Jones ... The Red would merely have to move forward his Pawns , in comparative security , to the opposite side , through his ally's ...
Let each ship make two moves towards the centre , and the result is a Vrihannaukā , or concourse of ships , which we here represent by the four Bishops . This done , suppose each ship to make one move more in the direction of any of the ...
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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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