Mirror of Literature,  3 (1824), 211.

Origin of Chess






    Attributes the origin of chess to a Brahmin, Sissa, who designed it to teach an arrogant Indian prince the dependence of kings on their subjects. Relates that, when offered his choice of reward, the Brahmin suggested a rate of recompense which exploited the surprising rate of exponential increase to produce a fortune, using the subterfuge to demonstrate the importance of being on guard.

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