H. J. R. MurraySon of James Murray, the first editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. (1868–1955) is a very important figure in the history of board games studies. He published two key works: A History of Chess in 1913 and A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess in 1951.
A History of Chess took 13 years to complete, and Murray taught himself German and Arabic in order to finish the book! A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess was published when he was 83, being nearly 40 years in the making.
#Errata for …Other Than Chess
The following are my own notes on what I believe to be incorrect in the book. They are listed in book order, with section number first; the list is incomplete:
§3.1.6 (p. 39): Tre-guti is not equivalent to
three-men’s-morris but is a capturing game; also the citation
the Punjab should be named .
§3.3.2 (p. 41): alquerque de tres is listed as equivalent to three-men’s-morris; it is actually equivalent to noughts & crosses (§3.2).
§3.3.13 (p. 42): Hydee[p. 211] writes ,
§3.5 (p. 45):
a3, b1, c3, and b3, b6 being empty
should read (something like) , as
the pieces should form a cross shape with an empty middle;
vangjamylna should read ; also, charri
or saddeh refer to simple mills, not the ‘running mill’ formation.
§3.5.13 (p. 47): al-Fīrūzābādī shows board , not
#“Books and articles consulted”
pg. 244: All of Hem Chandra Das-Gupta’s articles have incorrect titles.
Murray, H. J. R. (, originally published 1913). A History of Chess. Skyhorse Publishing: New York, NY, USA. ISBN: 978-1-62087-062-4.
Murray, H. J. R. (). A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford University Press: Oxford, England, UK. ISBN: 0-19-827401-7.
Humphries, E. de M. (). ‘Notes on “Pachesi” and similar games, as played in the Karwi Subdivision, United Provinces’. Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal vol. 2 (New Series): pages 117–127.
Datta, Jahinda Mohan (). ‘A few types of Sedentary Games of Lower Bengal’. Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal vol. 29 (New Series): pages 167–170.
Hyde, Thomas (). De Ludis Orientalibus Libri Duo (volume 1). Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.