A History of Chess

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Clarendon Press, 1913 - Chess - 900 pages
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Page 843 - Chess, namely, with four persons at the same time, two against two ; and for this purpose, the board is larger than usual, contains more men, and is provided with a greater number of squares. I was informed that this method was more difficult, but far more agreeable than the common game.
Page 421 - ... are certain grades of combatants and they proceed or stand still by certain laws or limitations, some presiding and others advancing: so, in this, some preside, some assist by reason of their office, and no one is free to exceed the fixed laws; as will be manifest from what is to follow. Moreover, as in chess the battle is fought between kings, so in this it is chiefly between two that the conflict takes place and the war is waged, — the treasurer, namely, and the sheriff who sits there to...
Page 185 - Tis all a Chequer-board of Nights and Days Where Destiny with Men for Pieces plays: Hither and thither moves, and mates, and slays, And one by one back in the Closet lays.
Page 36 - Keeping going over diagrams drawn on the ground so that one steps only where one ought to go. (4) Either removing the pieces or men from a heap with one's nail, or putting them into a heap, in each case without shaking it. He who shakes the heap, loses.
Page 371 - ... from Lha-Ri. Every evening and morning they furnished us abundantly with the appliances of cookery; they brought us pheasants, venison, fresh butter, and a sort of small, sweet tubercle, which they gather on the mountains. Prayer, walks, and some games of chess, contributed to the delights of these days of leisure. The chessmen which we used had been given to us by the Regent of Lha-Ssa ; the pieces were made of ivory, and represented various animals, sculptured with some delicacy. The Chinese,...
Page 234 - Rook can apply only to women, children, and tyros. For instance, a man to whom even a first-class player can afford to give the odds of a Rook and a Knight has no claim to be ranked among Chess-players. In fact, the two Rooks in Chess are like the two hands in the human body, and the two Knights are, as it were, the feet. Now, that man has very little to boast of on the score of manhood and valour who tells you that he has given a sound thrashing to another man who had only one hand and one foot.
Page 438 - Four and twenty ladies fair Were playing at the ba, And out then cam the fair Janet, Ance the flower amang them a'.
Page 825 - And the like power have kings: they make and unmake their subjects; they have power of raising and casting down; of life and of death; judges over all their subjects and in all causes, and yet accountable to none but God only.
Page 737 - Farewel, swete, ywys, And farewel al that ever ther ys !' Therwith Fortune seyde 'Chek here !' And 'Mate !' in myd poynt of the chekkere, 660 With a poune errant, alias ! Ful craftier to pley she was Than Athalus, that made the game First of the ches, so was hys name.
Page 528 - The Queen's move is aslant only, because women are so greedy that they will take nothing except by rapine and injustice. The Rook stands for the itinerant justices who travel over the whole realm, and their move is always straight, because the judge must deal jusdy . . . The Pawns are poor men. Their move is straight except when they take anything: so also the poor man does well so long as he keeps from ambition . . . In this game the Devil says 'Check!

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