Gioachino Greco on the Game of Chess

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1819 - Chess - 148 pages
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Page 16 - Hansing, to conquer it. After one successful campaign the soldiers were put into winter quarters, where finding the weather much colder than what they had been accustomed to, and being also deprived of their wives and families, the army, in general, became irapa• tient of their situation, and clamorous to return home.
Page 17 - ... his men in their vacant hours, as to inflame their military ardour, the game being wholly founded on the principles of war. The stratagem succeeded to his wish. The soldiery were delighted with the game, and forgot, in their daily contests for victory, the inconveniences of their post.
Page xiv - Princes, in its passage through Persia, were changed into a single Vizier, or Minister of State, with the enlarged portion of delegated authority that exists there ; instead of whom, the European nations, with their usual gallantry, adopted a Queen on their Board. That the river between the parties is...
Page xv - That the river between the parties is expressive of the general face of this country, where a battle could hardly be fought without encountering an interruption of this kind, which the soldier was here taught to overcome ; but that, on the introduction of the Game into Persia, the Board changed with the dry nature of the region, and the contest was decided on terra firma. And lastly, that in no account of the origin of Chess, that I have read, has the tale been so characteristic or consistent as...
Page xi - Chess || Made Easy : || Or, The || Games || Of || Gioachino Greco, || The Calabrian ; || With Additional || Games and Openings, || Illustrated with || Remarks and General Rules. \ The Whole so contrived, that any Per- || son may learn to play in a few Days, || without any farther Assistance.
Page xii - The very next day my Mandarin brought me the Board and Equipage ; and I found, that the Bramins were neither mistaken touching the board, which has a river in the middle, to divide the contending parties, nor in the powers of the King, who is entrenched in a fort, and moves only in that space, in every direction. But, what I did not...
Page 17 - He was a man of genius as well as a good soldier; and, having meditated for some time on the subject, he invented the game of Chess, as well for an amusement to his men in their vacant hours as to inflame their military...
Page xii - ... still used in the Indian armies, who is stationed between the lines of each party, acts literally with the motion of the rocket, by vaulting over a man, and taking his adversary at the other end of the board. Except that the king has his two sons to support him, instead of a queen, the game in other respects is like ours, as will appear in the plan of the board and pieces I have the honour to enclose, together with directions to place the men and play the game.
Page ix - Some historians have referred the invention of chess to the philosopher Xerxes; others to the Grecian prince Palamedes; some to the brothers Lydo and Tyrrhene; and others, again, to the Egyptians. The Chinese, the Hindoos...

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