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BEING A CONCISE AND EASY IN
“Life is a kind of Chess, in which we have points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with, and in which there is a variety of good and ill events, that are, in some degree, the effects of prudence or the want of it." - Vide." DR. FRANKLIN'S MORALS OF CHESS," page 48.
A B C
CH ES S.
BY A LADY.
BEING A CONCISE AND
EASY INTRODUCTION TO CHESS ; WITH
“Life is a kind of Chess, in which? we have points to gain, and com.
AND ALL BOOKSELLERS.
I HAVE often found that those persons ignorant of the Game of Chess have an opinion that it is very difficult to learn. Nothing can be more erroneous; as a few minutes devoted to the reading and study of this little compilation, which I call the “ABC OF Curss,” will show.
I have tried-and I hope not in vain—to render the first steps in this matchless game so easy and simple that any child may soon be able to make the moves and begin to play. With a little practice, some degree of skill is soon attained, when works on Chess of a more elaborate character should be studied. My only aim in writing this little Book, is simply to make Chess popular.
I should like to see in my own country, men and women, of all classes, play Chess, as is done in many villages in Germany.
I am convinced that the study of Chess strengthens the mental powers; and I am quite sure that as it becomes popular the morals of the people will take higher rank.
H. I. C.
A B C OF CHESS.
AL by and
LTHOUGH the game of Chess is above a thousand years old, and Eros
titled as well as by the learned in all the intervening space of time, it is only recently that this grand game has even approached popularity ; even twenty years ago it was confined to the Chess Divans of the capitals of Europe, and to the drawing-rooms of the wealthy in England.
Mr. Staunton, our countryman, has done more than any man to make Chess popular in England. The first movement in its favour was made about the time of his famous conquest over M. St. Amant, in Paris. The constant despatches received in England from Paris in this great match turned the attention of the public to the game of Chess, and England felt justly proud of her Chess Champion on his return from Paris crowned with honours. Mr. Staunton has given his name to an elegant and at the same time a practical set of Chess-men, which will be referred to in its proper place.
Mr. Paul Morphy, the young American, whose recent visit to this country, and whose astounding feats of playing ten games at one time blindfold, or more strictly speaking, without seeing either of the Chess. boards, has caused a popular inquiry such as, "What is Chess, that there is so much talk about ?"