11919 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
hey guys, I just have a question for you, do we know who invented chess, where it cought on?
or will this just be a mystery for all of us?
Of course India..
some people think Persia or China might have been first, eg: http://history.chess.free.fr/enigma.htm The only thing we can be sure about is chess didn't begin in India as a four player game with dice as you'll read in a lot of books, even ones published recently.
That's parchesi, which is perhaps the same age as chess, and perhaps from the same area.
Evidence points strongly to India with rapid spread to Persia. Muslims then took the game across north Africa and into southern Europe. Meanwhile it also spread through Caucasia into Russia.
But, none of this is settled without question, and there are some who argue for Chinese origins.That seventh century Muslim legends offer India as the point of origin strikes me as good enough to doubt claims that Persia is the source.http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sissa_ibn_Dahir
The site I linked is about the original of chess, not parchesi. I don't disagree about the rest. The site I linked gives some explanations for Persia despite the offers a theory about where the old texts got "India" from:
"As soon as the first text ever about Chess, Persians used to say that they had received Chess from an ambassy from 'Hind'. This word is merely and often taken as 'India'. Well, a mistake would be to superpose our frontiers and shapes of modern nations to old countries. At the time of the end of the Sassanian empire, Hind meant the lands of Indus, at the gates of India, more or less the modern Sind in Pakistan.
Later, after the Arab conquest, as Persians obtained a predominant cultural position in the new empire, that tradition of Chess coming from India was told, written, re-told and re-written in all Muslim manuscripts about the game. Murray's "History of Chess" can be consulted for details. Clearly, the tradition in Persian and then Muslim worlds is that Chess comes from India. There is no tradition saying that Chess would come from Persia.
Was that true or not? Of course, the basement of this affirmation was a legend, and legends are not always reporting the truth. However, it is difficult to reject it all and deny that there is maybe something true in this story. Some historians have tried to identify the King Dêwisharm of the Persian legend with variable success. The most convincing was rather recently the German Prof. Renate Syed who sees Deva Sharvavarman, an Indian King from the dynasty of Maukhari from Kannauj, as the King from Hind in the legend. Her theory is bright but, of course, it will always lack of a definitive proof.
Anyway, even if that Dêwisharm is identified with an historical person, does that mean that the Persian legend is true, from A to Z? Of course, it doesn't."
Although they could also have said they got it from India because they got it from India and that seems to be the more popular belief.
The other issue the site raises is about the differences in Chinese Chess vs International Chess and suggests it's more likely Chinese Chess was first.
Anyway I just wanted to point to the controvery as the prevous posts were conveying the idea of India without question. It might certainly have been India. I don't think we're disagreeing.
Yes, I'm familiar with the site.
Parchesi was/is the four player game with dice. It, too, is mentioned in some of the mss that Murray references to argue for an Indian origins of chess. While the website takes issue with Murray's conclusions, it does not offer the same depth of analysis, nor the same breadth of sources. Nonetheless, it does point in some important directions for reconsidering Murray's conclusions.
Oh, ok, sorry I misunderstood you. I was talking about this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaturaji which I have popular chess book published just a couple years ago that still says is the original form of chess. I don't know anything about Parchesi or if it originated from the 4 handed chess. Thanks.
I think that four handed chess is more recent than both chess and parchesi. Chess and parchesi both exist by the sixth or seventh century, while four handed chess first appears several centuries later.
BTW, I introduced chess to Spain in 822 after being forced to leave my native Baghdad.
(if that's a jab at people citing websites and wiki for credible information I will point both cite their sources in this case and the author of the website has published a few chess history texts himself.)
I provided a link to Wikipedia.
well thanks everyone who answered! I was really interested in its origins =)
didn't it come from india?
From the beating i received last night, id say Mordechai had a hand in it! :)
Chinese Chess must have evolved from Chess as we know it today.
There's a chess puzzle in Basic Chess Endgames with rook against knight that wins, and was composed by Al-Aldi.
by alessandropicone a few minutes ago
one of pfrens most brilliant games
by pfren 4 minutes ago
why is ruy lopez considered the strongest
by X_PLAYER_J_X 7 minutes ago
7/31/2015 - Slow Progression
by DreamKenya 8 minutes ago
Remove chess piece value
by agrix 22 minutes ago
Your favorite GM?
by MelvinDoucet 24 minutes ago
1000 GAMES SIMULTANEOUSLY
by marcomarco13 27 minutes ago
Let's write a Chess GUI from scratch in Java
by watcha 28 minutes ago
New Chess Book Review blog
by agrix 29 minutes ago
Please ban users that post before Daily Puzzle
by ontomorrow 43 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2015 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!