HISTORY OF CHESS IN FIFTY MOVES


HISTORY OF CHESS IN FIFTY MOVES

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The Indian military board game Chaturanga, played on 64 squares, has been identified as the ancestor of our modern game of chess, but an alternative theory is that it originated in China and was carried to the west along the Silk Road. Either way, chess arrived in the Sasanian empire in Persia which was then conquered by Islamic invaders from the Arabian peninsula. Sharia law was ambivalent towards the game, but it flourished in the Abbasid Caliphate and moved through north Africa to reach Europe through Spain, where contact between Muslims, Christians and Jews was frequent. The existence of the famous Lewis chessmen on the Outer Hebrides, dating from between 1150 and 1200, suggests that chess was well-established across Europe by that date. This fascinating book tells the story of chess through a series of documented references to games and players and recounts the 1,500-year history of the game of royals, from its ancient beginnings to Deep Blue, Kasparov and internet chess. Changes to the rules in the 13th century included the empowering of the Queen, which may have been a reflection of the status of medieval queens such as Eleanor of Aquitaine. In the summer of 1624 Thomas Middleton's play A Game at Chess was a theatrical sensation at the Globe Theatre in London, and chess also features in Shakespeare's play The Tempest. The book takes the reader into famous modern battles such as Spassky's triumph over Fischer in the 19th chess Olympiad in 1970, where the protagonists were widely seen as representing the two sides in the Cold War. The Polgar sisters in the 1980s broke into the game on behalf of women, with Susan Polgar ironically remarking that the men she beats always claim to be feeling under the weather that day. 17 x 22.9cm, 224pp, artwork reproductions, archival photographs, callout boxes, quotations of interest, and chessboard diagrams.
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ISBN 9781770855298
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