"The classic book on the subject . . . Meticulous research" (William Hartston, author of The Kings of Chess).
An epic work that took more than a decade to complete, A History of Chess is a historic undertaking that shattered preconceptions about the game upon its original publication in 1913. Over a century later, H.J.R. Murray's research and conclusions, in which he argues that chess originated in India, are still widely accepted by most chess historians.
Murray taught himself to read Arabic in order to decipher historical manuscripts on the game and its origins. His study unravels the history of the game as it evolved from its Asiatic beginnings, through the role chess played in Europe during the Middle Ages, and up until the nineteenth century with the arrival of modern chess as we know it.
A History of Chess includes transcribed diagrams of important games, as well as some of the more famous historical chess figurines, such as the Lewis chessmen. No single work on the game has come close to touching Murray's in breadth or significance.