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A History of Chess

88 pages, paperback, Russel, 1. edition 2012

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Chess – the "Royal Game" – is an ancient board game, perhaps fifteen hundred years old. There are many legends about how chess came to be. Most of them are folk tales and are far from reality.

Arguably more books have been written about chess than all the other games combined, but relatively little has been written about the history of chess. The topic is difficult; it requires thorough knowledge, and there are still many unknown historical pitfalls. It is therefore no surprise that there exist a variety of hypotheses concerning the origin of chess.

In this book, the author, legendary Russian grandmaster Yuri Averbakh, presents a well-researched and documented theory about the origins, development and spread of this immensely popular game. In addition, over three dozen splendid color plates – presented on coated stock making the images suitable for framing – supplement his historical analysis.

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Weight 170 g
Manufacturer Russel
Width 15,2 cm
Height 22,9 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2012
Author Yuri Averbakh
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-1936490448
Pages 88
Binding paperback

004 Introduction by Yakov Shraiberg

005 Foreword by Garry Kasparov

008 From the Author

011 India

036 Iran and the Arab Caliphate

042 Armenia

044 Nepal

045 Western Europe

050 The Exchequer

052 Chess Pieces in Europe

053 Italy

053 France

054 England

054 Scandinavia

054 Poland

054 The Church and Chess

057 The Einsiedeln Manuscript

058Cherchez la Femme 58

063 A Sermon on the Subject of Chess

066 Russia

069 Chess Reform

071 The Hyderabad Manuscript

079 Epilogue

083 Notes

088 Bibliography

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