Hyde's book also deals with many other ancient games. It stands as the authoritative landmark in Chess History.
Who was Thomas Hyde? What is this book about? What is the importance of Thomas Hyde's DE LUDIS ORIENTALIBUS?
THOMAS HYDE'S HISTORY OF CHESS:
Part I: Prologue: Names of the Game: The Inventor or Creator of Chess: The Chessboard: the names and materials of Chess Pieces or soldiers: the Form or Shape of Chessmen: On the terms Shah-Ruch or Shah-Mat: On Chess Compositions, commonly called problems: On Chinese Chess: Chess in Verse.
Part II: Verses on the Game of Shah-Mat by Abraham Ibn Ezra: Description of Chess in Elegant Prose by Bonsenior Ibn Yehia: The King's Delight, anonymous: Appendix: Extracts from the History of Nerdiludium: Hyde's Preface to "The Perplexed" by Maimonides.
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