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Chess History and Reminiscences

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[...] PREFACE This little work is but a condensation and essence of a much larger one, containing the result of what can be discovered concerning the origin and history of chess, combined with some of my own reminiscences of 46 years past both of chess play and its exponents, dating back to the year 1846, the 18th of Simpson's, 9 years after the death of A. McDonnell, and ...more
Kindle Edition, 167 pages
Published May 12th 2012 (first published 1893)
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Mike  Davis
This was an e-book offered for free on Project Gutenberg which specializes in restoration and digitization of out-of-copyright material. H.E. Bird is a famous chess player with an opening named for him, and a historian of chess origins. He attempts to unearth the ancient origins of the game of chess, beginning with what is known from India, Persia (Iraq) and China. He follows the changes in the game into the final modifications in the mid 15th century and then looks briefly at the rise of ...more
Jan 13, 2012 Robert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very scattered and odd book. The author skips around a lot and spends more time talking about his contemporaries than the history of chess. The sections on history are repetitive and read much like notes the guy took to write a book, rather than an actual book. It is annoying that he refers to himself in the third person, and even praises himself. I would have stopped reading it very soon after starting, but I was fascinated by this train wreck. I have never read a book so poorly put ...more
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