A World of Chess

Its Development and Variations through
Centuries and Civilizations

 

(Jean-Louis Cazaux and Rick Knowlton)

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-9427-9, Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-2901-8

©Mc Farland, 2017

 

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With more than 400 illustrations, and detailed maps, this immense and deeply researched account of the history of chess covers not only the modern international game, derived from Persian and Arab roots, but a broad spectrum of variants going back 1500 years, some of which are still played in various parts of the world. The evolution of strategic board games, especially in India, China and Japan, is discussed in detail. Many more recent chess variants (board sizes, new pieces, 3-D, etc.) are fully covered. Instructions for play are provided, with historical context, for every game presented.


  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (September 21, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786494271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7864-9427-9 (Print)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4766-2901-8 (Ebook)
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • ca. 71 photos, 297 diagrams, 9 maps, notes, bibliography


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Introduction 1
Chess of the World 2 / About This Book 3
Part I. Chess of the Arabian Nights 7
1. Shatranj 8
2. Muslim Chess Variants 21
3. Timur’s Great Chess 30
4. Shatar 39
Part II. Chess in the Land of Monsoons 47
5. Chaturanga 47
6. Chaturaji 59
7. Large and Giant Indian Chess 64
8. Ouk and Makruk 77
9. ­Sit-Tu-Yin 85
10. Catur 93
Part III. Gunpowder on the Chinese Board 98
11. Xiangqi 98
12. Janggi 109
13. Qiguo Xiangxi 116
14. Sanguo Qi 120
15. Banqi 123
16. Doushouqi 125
17. Luzhanqi 131
Part IV. Generals and Mercenaries of the Rising Sun 142
18. Shogi 143
19. Chu Shogi and Dai Shogi 154
20. Tenjiku Shogi 163
21. Giant Shogis 167
22. Wa Shogi 177
23. Tori Shogi 180
24. Dobutsu Shogi (Let’s Catch the Lion!) 183
25. Ko Shogi 188
26. Taikyoku Shogi 194
Part V. Evolution and Revolution in Europe 198
27. Medieval Chess 199
28. Rithmomachy 211
29. King Alfonso’s Games 223
30. Courier Chess 232
31. Gala 237
32. European Chess 240
Part VI. Chess Out of the Box 250
33. Knighted Chess Variants 251
34. Fairy Pieces on Board 265
35. Chess and War 280
36. Round Chess 284
37. Hexagonal Chess 288
38. ­Four-Player Chess 295
39. ­Three-Player Chess 300
40. 3-D Chess 307
41. Extraterrestrial Chess 314
42. Chess960 319
Part VII. The Origins of Chess 326
43. Legends of the Creation 327
44. The Modern Search Begins 330
45. Approaching the Question from Several Angles 334
Timeline 355
Notes 359
Bibliography 385
Index 391


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