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This is an excellent old account of the sources and history of chess, unknown to most. Chess probably did NOT begin in the Persian and Arab lands, but in India based on and modified from the original game of Chaturanga. Both Western and Chinese chess derive their origin from this source, although modified. Queen Isabella's and King Ferdinand's rule changed the face of Western chess, empowering the Queen. Chinese chess has no Queen and the King is relegated to remain within the palace walls.
Slow reading, but full of interesting tidbits for those interested in the origins of Chess.