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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SHATRANJ , OF MEDIEVAL CHESS - Introduction of the Game from India into Persia , in the Reign of Naushirawan - Firdausī's Shāhnāma— Arrangement of the Pieces on the Board - Their Moves and Powers · CHAPTER VII .
-First , that the game of Chess , as known in the middle ages , was invented in India , some time previous to the sixth century of our era ; and secondly , that the game was introduced from India into Persia during the reign of Kisra ...
But to conclude , I think , from all the evidence I have laid before the reader , I may safely say , that the game of Chess has existed in India from the time of Pandu and his five sons down to the reign of our gracious Sovereign Queen ...
Introduction of the Game into India , in the Reign of Naushirawan . Arrangement of the Pieces on the Board . Their Moves and Powers . THE earliest and best account of the Shatranj , or medieval Chess , to which we have as yet attained ...
... from time to time caused to be compiled the annals of the monarchy down to their own respective reigns . ... to a close under the reign of Yazdijird , the last of the Sassanian race , near the middle of the seventh century .
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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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