An epic work that took more than a decade to complete, A History of Chess, originally published in 1913, is a historic undertaking that shattered preconceptions about the game upon publication. Over a century later, Murray’s research and conclusions, in which he argues that chess originated in India, are still widely accepted by most chess historians.
Undertaking such a pioneering task, the scope of which has never been attempted before or since, Murray taught himself to read Arabic in order to decipher historical manuscripts on the game and its beginnings. His study unravels the history of the game as it evolved from its Asiatic beginnings, through the role chess played in Europe during the Middle Ages, and up until the nineteenth century with the arrival of modern chess as we know it.
A History of Chess includes transcribed diagrams of important games, as well as some of the more famous historical chess figurines, such as the Lewis chessmen. No single work on the game of chess has become close to touching Murray’s in breadth or significance.
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H.J.R. Murray was an English school inspector and prominent chess historian. His father was the first editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. Murray only published one other book during his lifetime, A History of Board Games Other Than Chess. He lived in England.Review:
“So fascinating it is difficult to put down.” (Ernest J. Clarke - American Chess Bulletin)
“The classic book on the subject; nine hundred pages of meticulous research.” (William Hartston - The Kings of Chess)
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Descripción Skyhorse, 2012. Estado de conservación: New. First published in 1913, Murray's work remains the most comprehensive discussion of the sources for chess history and of chess problems. The aim of the study is threefold: to present as complete a record as possible of the varieties of chess which have existed; to investigate the ultimate origin of these games; and to trace the development of the modern European game since the first appearance of its ancestor, the Indian chaturanga, in the seventh century CE. Reprint. Nº de ref. de la librería 224837
Descripción Skyhorse Publishing, 2015. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M163220293X
Descripción Skyhorse Publishing, 2015. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P11163220293X