An introduction to the history and study of chess: with copious descriptions, etymological & practical; together with a system of elementary rules for playing; to which is added, The analysis of chess, of André Danican Philidor; the whole simplifyed and arranged in a manner entirely new (Google eBook)

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Printed by H. Ruff, 1804 - Games - 314 pages
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Page 96 - ... ready on all occasions. For life is a kind of chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors, or adversaries to contend with, and in which there is a vast variety of good and ill events, that are, in some degree the effects of prudence, or the want of it.
Page 47 - Ccetolu) says, ought to be a grammarian, logician, rhetorician, astrologer, arithmetician, geometrician, and musician. The Queen's Bishop's Pawn is a man standing at his own door, with a glass of wine in one hand, a loaf of bread in the other, and a bunch of keys at his girdle ; representing an innkeeper. The Queen's Knight's Pawn, with two large keys in one hand, a pair of compasses in the other, and an open purse at his waist.
Page 103 - ... &c. all such apologies, (to call them no worse) must lower him in a wise person's eyes, both as a man and a Chessplayer; and who will not suspect that he. who shelters himself under such untruths in trifling matters, is no very sturdy moralist in things of greater consequence, where his fame...
Page 97 - Circumspection, which surveys the whole chessboard, or scene of action ; the relations of the several pieces and situations, the dangers they are respectively exposed to, the several possibilities of their aiding each other, the probabilities that the adversary may...
Page 133 - ... sacrifice a piece or two to gain your end : these bold attempts make the finest games. 13. Never let your queen stand so before the king, as that your adversary, by bringing forwards a...
Page 126 - ... another, so that if any be taken, the enemy may also be captured by that which guarded yours, and endeavour to have as many guards to your piece as your adversary advances others upon it ; and if possible, let them be of less value than those he assails with. When you cannot well support your piece, see if by attacking one of his that is better, or as good, you may not thereby save yours. 9. Never attack but when well prepared, for thereby you open your adversary's game, and prepare him to pour...
Page 134 - As the queen, rooks, and bishops operate at a distance, it is not always necessary in your attack to have them near your adversary's king ; they do better at a distance, cannot be driven away, and prevent a stale-mate. 37. When there is a piece...
Page 12 - Hun-sing, upon this, revolved in his mind the bad consequences of complying with their wishes. The necessity of soothing his troops, and reconciling them to their position, appeared urgent, in order to finish his operations in the ensuing year.
Page 97 - The game of chess is not merely an idle amusement. Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired or strengthened by it, so as to become habits, ready on all occasions. For life is a kind of chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with, and in which there is a vast variety of good and evil events that are in some degree the effects of prudence or the want of it.
Page 97 - If I move this piece, what will be the advantage of my new situation ? What use can my adversary make of it to annoy me ? What other moves can I make to support it, and to defend myself from his attacks ?

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