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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To these improvements we may add that of castling the King , either according to the Italian method or that of the Anglo - French school . It is just probable that our go - ahead posterity will introduce some further modifications ...
In the Chaturanga however , the value of the Bishop may have been slightly modified owing to the probable occurrence of the peculiar situation of the four Bishops called Vrihannaukā of which more hereafter . 2 The text of this stanza is ...
... it is extremely probable for reasons immediately to be assigned — that the game of Chaturanga was generally played by either four or two persons , without admitting the use of the dice at all , except merely for the purpose of ...
That the poet has embellished them is quite natural and probable ; 1 Vide Agathia Historia Lib . IV . cap . 30 , & c . 2 Sergius , I mean the scribe , not the saint of that name , was eminently skilled in the Greek and Persian languages ...
... applying the irresistible powers of his penetrating intellect to the investigation of the principles and practice of the game . He examined with care the probable bearing of each piece , till at length the full light burst upon him ...
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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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