The New Chess Player Volume 4

The New Chess Player Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...of a King without a Queen should forthwith and at once be obviated? Hence we find that in Europe, instead of the Counsellor, a Queen seems almost immediately and universally to have been adopted. It is evident, too, that this innovation has been sudden and violent, for the " Ladies' Men," of the West have given to the Queen far more power than was ever possessed by the Oriental Pherz. And how else are we to account for the strange anomaly that a Pawn or common soldier, as soon as he reaches the opposite boundary, becomes a lady potentate! In the Eastern scheme, it was natural enough that the foot soldier having penetrated the adverse ranks, should be rewarded for his valour by being promoted to a high office; but there is plainly something contrary to original order when he changes his sex and becomes a Queen! There are other anomalies in Ike game which can only be accounted for by similar arbitrary alterations. On either side of the King and Queen stands the liishop. According to the fancy or caprice of the age and nation, the title of this piece haa been more varied tban that of any other. In the Oriental Chess the piece waa originally the Elephant, named PhiL The Spaniarda, with the addition of the article, called it Alfil, which the Italiana, French, and English corrupted into Arfil, Alphilus, Alfino, Aljiern, Aufyn, and Al/ihi/n. In the oldest English works on Chess, the IIiahoiw am commonly called Alfyna. The French at an early period called him Fol, or Fool, a corruption of the Eastern name 7ft Thia change waa easy, and likely to occur at a time when the Court Fool, or Jeater, waa a regular attendant on the King and Quuen; thence the French to this day call the Bishop the Fou, or Fool, and as such they represent hia figure. So, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236587391
  • 9781236587398