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 , There are two excellent reasons why I should have dedicated to you the following chapters on Chess . In the first place , you have , each of you , done the Good Cause , " some yeoman service , " and , if I well recollect ...
For obvious reasons , I have been unable to procure any reliable description of the game as now played in the Japanese Empire , which , for more than two centuries , has been closed against all good Christians .
It was acutely observed by the late Ensign O'Doherty ' in his ninety - eighth maxim , that " the reason why many important matters remain in obscurity and doubt is , that nobody has adopted the proper means for having them cleared up .
Here again we find an excellent reason why ships are admitted into the game , as being matters of the utmost importance in such an expedition as this , which bears no remote resemblance to that of the Greeks against Troy .
I may here mention a few of those doubtful points , and I have reason to believe that several others may present themselves in the course of play . Cases of Uncertainty . In the first place , we shall suppose a player on his first throw ...
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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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