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Is there any scientific evidence or is it just a hypthosesis that chess was invented by the Persians?
The precursors of chess originated in India during the Gupta Empire, where its early form in the 6th century was known as chaturaṅga, which translates as "four divisions (of the military)": infantry, cavalry, elephantry, and chariotry, represented by the pieces that would evolve into the modern pawn, knight, bishop, and rook, respectively.
Chess was introduced to Persia from Indiahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_chess
As above the game itself is derived from chaturanga. However many segment of the modern chess we play can be attributed to cultures around the world. checkmate for example I believe comes from the persian words sakh maht (something along those lines) which translates to 'the king has fallen'. Obviously European cultures have had a wide influence on the rules and the re-naming of all the pieces.
I believe that chess evolved from Parcheesi, an Indian game and Parcheesi evolved from the mandalas Buddhists and Hindus used for meditation. Chess itself is a meditation device. This is my opinion with no scientific backing whatever. If anyone has any evidence of this being true I would be interested in hearing, or reading, about it.
Who invented chess?
Actually I invented chess. I did it because I wanted to play with myself. I mean chess not the other thing.
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