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The first references of chess in Arabic occur in 720 in romantic poems by Kutaiyira Azzata and al-Farazdaq.  The Arabicized name of the Persian Chatrang became shatranj.  The pieces were called Shah (king), Firz (minister or queen), Fil (elephant or bishop), Faras (horse), Rukh (chariot or boat), and Baidaq (foot-soldier).

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