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"Keats' book is deftly arranged around an earlier collection of Hebrew writings on the game of chess, Thomas Hyde's De Ludis Orientalibus (1694). Hyde, a curator of the Bodleian Library and a noted scholar of Semitic languages, devoted the second volume of his History of Chess to the publication of three Hebrew texts… His English translations of this work are useful." Oxford University Journal of Jewish Studies

"The Jewish contribution to the game of chess has been a remarkable one and in the book under review, the first of a trilogy, Dr Victor Keats M.Phil Ph.D. has set out to document the facts from literary and other sources with relentless enthusiasm. The volume does contain fascinating and even new material and Keats has done his readers a great service in assembling it all for study, and providing convenient translations of what is often difficult Hebrew" The Times Higher Education Supplement

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