The Book of Chess

Jacob de Cessolis

Translated & Edited
by H.L. Williams

Illustrations

vi 

Preface

vii 

Bibliographic Essay

xix 

Part I. Background of the Game

 

Introduction

3

 

1. Under Which King the Game Was Invented

4

 

2. Who Invented the Game

5

 

3. Reasons for the Invention of the Game

7

Part II. The Noble Figures

 

Foreword

11

 

1. Concerning the King

11

 

2. Concerning the Queen

17

 

3. Concerning the Elders (Judges)

24

 

4. Concerning the Knights

30

 

5. Concerning the Rooks (Deputies)

41

Part III. The Commoners

 

Foreword

55

 

1. Concerning the First Pawn (Farmer)

55

 

2. Concerning the Second Pawn (Smith)

60

 

3. Concerning the Third Pawn (Clothier & Scribe)

64

 

4. Concerning the Fourth Pawn (Merchant)

72

 

5. Concerning the Fifth Pawn (Physician)

79

 

6. Concerning the Sixth Pawn (Innkeeper)

85

 

7. Concerning the Seventh Pawn (City Guard)

89

 

8. Concerning the Eighth Pawn

94

 

 (Gambler & Courier)

Part IV. Openings and Moves

 

Foreword

99

 

1. Concerning the Chessboard

99

 

2. The Moves of the King

103

 

3. The Moves of the Queen

108

 

4. The Moves of the Elders

111

 

5. The Moves of the Knight

113

 

6. The Moves of the Rook

115

 

7. The Moves of the Pawns

117

 

8. Summary

120

Index

 

121





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