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AN

INTRODUCTION

TO

THE HISTORY AND STUDY

OF

CHESS;

WITH

Copious Descriptions,

Etymological & Practical;

TOGETHER WITH

A SYSTEM OF ELEMENTARY RULES

FOR PLAYING :

TO WHICH IS ADDED,

THE ANALYSIS OF CHESS

OF

ANDRÉ DANICAN PHILIDOR.

The whole simplifyed, and arranged in a manner entirely new,

BY AN AMATEUR.

Of armies on the chequer'd field array'd,
And guiltless war in pleasing form display'd,
When two bold kings contend with vain alarms,
In iv'ry this—and that in ebon arms,
Sing, sportive maids, that haunt the sacred hill
Of Pindus, and the fam'd Piërian rill.

Caïssa, by Sir WILLIAM JONES,

Cheltenham,

PRINTED BY H. RUFF:
FOR DWYER, No. 29, HOLBORN HILL; ROBINSONS, AND
HURST, PATER-NOSTER ROW; RICHARDSON, ROYAL
EXCHANGE ; GINGER, PICCADILLY ; CARPENTER,
AND FAULDER, BOND STREET : AND H, RUFF,
AND S. HARWARD, CHELTENHAM.

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PREFACE.

Amidst all the amusements that have been invented by man, for the employment of the idle, or the relief of the studious, Chess stands unique and pre-eminent. It is indisputably the noblest of games, and worthy the attention, as it has been the enthusiastic delight, of the greatest characters, whether kings, warriors, or philosophers. Many of the latter have rank'd it among the Sciences, and Mr. Philidor elegantly says, “ Its pursuit is almost unremittingly productive of problems, not unworthy the solution of genius; and

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