myschkin: . . .
It is told that the moves for both games (1828-29) between the Indian cities had been delivered by elephants carrying sealed caskets containing the particular envelope.
Now you can calculate the average distance/day of the individual pachyderm under following conditions:
- good weather, ~ 8h rest/d
- peaceful Tigers
- shortest route (Reference: http://www.mapsofindia.com/)
City Madras aka Chennai:
One member is known for publishing
"Analysis of the Muzio Gambit, and Match of two Games at Chess, played between Madras and Hyderabad, with Remarks by Ghulam Kassim, of Madras, who had the Chief Direction of the Madras Games, and James Cochrane, Esq. of the Madras Civil Service, Madras 1829"
Bio (in German):