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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... as may be seen in any of the old writings on the game . Finally , another writer2 of higher qualifications than all the rest put together , tries hard to confer the honour on the Persians , an honour to which not one single author ...
This Oriental alliance , then , seems to have been rather of a passive kind , and certainly not over cordial ; for we have seen two instances in which a player might be coolly plundered by his ally , first of his throne , and secondly ...
... finished ? or were they allowed a minor sort of promotion , like the farzin , in the Persian game ? We have seen that a Pawn reaching the Elephant's square or the Knight's square , became an Elephant or Knight accordingly ; and as ...
We have seen that , in playing the former , it was an object of importance with each of the four players to gain possession of his ally's throne - a step which thenceforth secured to him the undivided command of the allied forces .
This bird , according to the best accounts of all who have not seen it , was furnished with two heads , and he could with ease carry to his nest by way of breakfast for his young ones , four full - grown Elephants at a time - viz .
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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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