A World of Chess

Its Development and Variations through Centuries and Civilizations

$49.95

In stock (can be backordered)

Add to Wishlist
Add to Wishlist
SKU: 9780786494279 Categories: ,

About the Book

 With more than 400 illustrations, and detailed maps, this immense and deeply researched account of the history of chess covers not only the modern international game, derived from Persian and Arab roots, but a broad spectrum of variants going back 1500 years, some of which are still played in various parts of the world. The evolution of strategic board games, especially in India, China and Japan, is discussed in detail. Many more recent chess variants (board sizes, new pieces, 3-D, etc.) are fully covered. Instructions for play are provided, with historical context, for every game presented.

About the Author(s)

Jean-Louis Cazaux of Toulouse, France, is an accomplished author of chess and board game history. A scientist by profession, his breadth of knowledge and careful research bring chess history to its highest level.
Rick Knowlton of Sarasota, Florida, has both studied and recreated historic chess sets from an early age. With a background in fine arts, he uses the Internet to bring chess variants and novelties to a worldwide audience.

Bibliographic Details

Jean-Louis Cazaux and Rick Knowlton
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 408
Bibliographic Info: 71 photos, 297 diagrams, 9 maps, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9427-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2901-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments  vi

Introduction  1

Chess of the World  2  /  About This Book  3

Part I. Chess of the Arabian Nights  7

 1. Shatranj  8  

 2. Muslim Chess Variants  21  

 3. Timur’s Great Chess  30

 4. Shatar  39

Part II. Chess in the Land of Monsoons  47

 5. Chaturanga  47  

 6. Chaturaji  59  

 7. Large and Giant Indian Chess  64

 8. Ouk and Makruk  77

 9. ­Sit-Tu-Yin  85

 10. Catur  93  

Part III. Gunpowder on the Chinese Board  98

11. Xiangqi  98

12. Janggi  109

13. Qiguo Xiangxi  116

14. Sanguo Qi  120

15. Banqi  123

16. Doushouqi  125

17. Luzhanqi  131

Part IV. Generals and Mercenaries of the Rising Sun  142

18. Shogi  143

19. Chu Shogi and Dai Shogi  154

20. Tenjiku Shogi  163     

21. Giant Shogis  167

22. Wa Shogi  177

23. Tori Shogi  180

24. Dobutsu Shogi (Let’s Catch the Lion!)  183

25. Ko Shogi  188

26. Taikyoku Shogi  194

Part V. Evolution and Revolution in Europe  198

27. Medieval Chess  199

28. Rithmomachy  211

29. King Alfonso’s Games  223

30. Courier Chess  232

31. Gala  237

32. European Chess  240

Part VI. Chess Out of the Box  250

33. Knighted Chess Variants  251

34. Fairy Pieces on Board  265

35. Chess and War  280

36. Round Chess  284

37. Hexagonal Chess  288

38. ­Four-Player Chess  295

39. ­Three-Player Chess  300

40. 3-D Chess  307

41. Extraterrestrial Chess  314

42. Chess960  319

Part VII. The Origins of Chess  326

43. Legends of the Creation  327

44. The Modern Search Begins  330     

45. Approaching the Question from Several Angles  334

Timeline  355

Notes  359

Bibliography  385

Index  391

Book Reviews

“Impressive account of the history of chess…. Certainly one of the most interesting reads on the history of chess!”—Chessbook Reviews.