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whose extent and intricacy elude even the suspicion of ordinary minds."
As an amusement it possesses one advantage as great as it is singular. It is so highly interesting in itself, and the attention is so strongly engaged by it, that it requires not the additional inducement of gain, and in consequence is rarely or never played for money.
It must be acknowledged, however, that in proportion as the attention is kept up, so are the passions aroused, and the chagrin and disappointment considerable on being defeated; since as chance has nothing to do in the decision, and ill luck, therefore, cannot be blamed, the player experiences all those sensations that naturally arise from defeat occasioned by misconduct. A specific against these may be found in the admirable little Treatise on the
Morals of Chess,” by Dr. Franklin, contained in the 6th Chapter, Page 85, where he holds out to the loser the power of gaining a victory, equally difficult, but, it must be confessed, much more honourable.
The object of the Editor has been to collect and comprise in one volume, as well the history as the tactics of the game. With respect to the former point, he acknowledges himself indebted to a publication in 2 vols. printed in 1787 and 1789, being a collection of whatever has appeared on the subject in any other book, either domestic or foreign. Where he has had access to the ori, ginals, he has consulted them; where not, he has freelytranscribed. These volumes are purely theoretical; the quotations appear to follow as they occurred to the Compiler, and method and arrangement seem equally unaimed at and unattained. Most, if not all, of the other modern publications are as purely practical ; so that the principal view of the Editor remains unimpeded by any other Work. In the Etymological Description of the Pieces, &c. he is greatly indebted to the ingenious paper transmitted to the Antiquarian Society by Francis Douce, Esq.
Feeling that originality on this subject was, in a great degree, impossible, the Editor has endeavoured to keep in view, on all occasions, those explanations and elucidations, which are desiderata to the learner: this will be evident throughout.
From the same motive, he has taken pains so to new model and arrange the Rules for playing, that instead of being unconnected, and consequently in a great degree incoherent, as hitherto, they will be found to compose an uniform system, which will supply to the learner the place of a great portion of, otherwise unavoidable, practice; and he presumes with confidence that a serious attention to them, supported by a diligent study of the Analysis, will as speedily form a good player, as the delicate combinations and intricacies of this first of games will permit.