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by Francis Fields
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 30
Views: 1722

Re: The word rook and Persia

Since the first edition of the OED (edited by Sir James Murray, father of chess historian Harold Murray), began in the 1880s and was completed in 1928, and had 10 volumes, while the edition currently in preparation is the 3rd, I think we can assume you are thinking of some other dictionary entirely...
by Francis Fields
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Piece values
Replies: 19
Views: 1688

Re: Piece values

A bishop is worth more than a knight in most positions and used to be called the minor exchange.
by Francis Fields
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in Newspapers
Replies: 24
Views: 3108

Re: Chess in Newspapers

I had a look at the page but I only understood the picture!
by Francis Fields
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Right/wrong?
Replies: 7
Views: 1302

Re: Right/wrong?

Does anyone think it is incorrect to have letters and numbers on a chess board that could aid the memory?
by Francis Fields
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 30
Views: 1722

The word rook and Persia

According to the Oxford English Dictionary 1752, the first edition of which there were 27 volumes, the word rook means wind from a chariot. I have seen a chess book that says rook means chariot. In the 11th edition of the OED it says that rook simply means wind. The word rook is believed to come fro...
by Francis Fields
Wed May 22, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 46
Views: 2817

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

Henry Bird a nineteenth century chess player who wrote the Times chess column for many years and played an e3/b3 setup long before Nimzovich or Larsen wrote in his 1893 book that the modern rules date from the 15th century. I have also heard that the 50 move was introduced in 1847. Previously: Pawns...
by Francis Fields
Thu May 16, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess Matches
Replies: 7
Views: 915

Re: Chess Matches

I have heard of the lost olympiad as it is mentioned in the olympiad book, though I have not seen the evidence.

I was referring to matches between countries and have heard it was in the 18th century though I find this difficult to believe.
by Francis Fields
Thu May 16, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in Newspapers
Replies: 24
Views: 3108

Re: Chess in Newspapers

When you are a journalist, work at a newspaper or are part of the media it is not normal to discuss everything you know. I hope the Daily Mail starts a chess column as they would be bringing chess to a larger share of chess players. There are various estimates of how many chess players there are in ...
by Francis Fields
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in Newspapers
Replies: 24
Views: 3108

Chess in Newspapers

There are currently only two daily newspapers with chess columns The Times (420,000 readers ABC figures) and The Daily Telegraph (360,000). The Guardian (140,000) stopped their chess column recently. Obviously, there was The Independent when it was in print written by Jon Speelman. I was informed by...
by Francis Fields
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess Matches
Replies: 7
Views: 915

Chess Matches

I have been reading a bit about chess in the late 19th century. There was a postal match during that time when England beat Scotland and the Scotch opening was played. Does anyone know the year? I would also like to know when people think the first international match was. Would it be the 1932 Olymp...
by Francis Fields
Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 46
Views: 2817

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

I have heard the following about chess notation. Originally, it was called written chess and there were no move numbers. There was pawn takes pawn and bishop captures knight. Move numbers were introduced and the notation was called full descriptive e.g. King Bishop pawn forward two. Then we had desc...
by Francis Fields
Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 46
Views: 2817

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

Stewart,

I have been looking for the book website I mentioned to Simon but can no longer find it.
by Francis Fields
Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 46
Views: 2817

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

A tournament player I know said the oldest chess history book was written in the 14th century. He said it mentioned 'some unusual things' so he did not know how reliable it was. One of them was the underpromotion rule which said you could not underpromote if the resulting position was then zugzwang.
by Francis Fields
Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Greenlandic Chess
Replies: 24
Views: 2185

Greenlandic Chess

The Greenlandic Chess Federation website says that they have 30,000 chess players and want to organize international chess tournaments.
by Francis Fields
Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 46
Views: 2817

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

The oldest book on the history of chess that I have heard of is mentioned at the end of A History of England written in the 17th century. There is a story behind this book as it is republished. The book mentions L'histoire d'echecs (1243). I think it was by Phillipe Beugmont and was seen in the nati...