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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GENTLEMEN , I commenced , as you may observe , with a DEDICATION ; but I find that I am imperceptibly drifting into a PREFACE , which last , they say , nobody ever reads . I will , therefore , at once conclude , wishing you long life ...
... not touched upon in the text , which are open to mere conjecture ; at the same time , it is my belief , that if four intelligent Chessplayers were to play over , and carefully observe a few of these primitive games , they would soon ...
I may further observe that Colebrooke , in the same note , states that the people of Bengal , in his time , still used the Boat for the Rook ; whereas those of the Carnatic used the Chariot . - D . FORBES . 66 claw .
1 It is curious to observe , that the early Scandinavians applied the game of Chess to a similar purpose in order to discover a man's temper and moral disposition . From an English abridgement of the " History of the Goths , Swedes and ...
The same observation applies , though in a less degree , to the other Pieces , and also to the Pawns . The legality of their march and of their capture would be much more liable to violation , and the cause of many more disputes ...
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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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