Chess ??


We know the different origins of chess and it's history from ancient times to present day,my question is how was the name chess derived,who thought that one up and what was his/her name.

"Chess" ? how and why.

kind regards and respect to all,Debbie.


Here is what wikipedia has to say:

The earliest evidence of Chess is found in the neighboring Sassanid Persia around 600 where the game came to be known under the name chatrang. Chatrang is evoked inside three epic romances written in Pahlavi (Medium Persian). Chatrang was taken up by the Muslim world after the Islamic conquest of Persia (633–644) where it was then named shatranj, with the pieces largely retaining their Persian names. In Spanish "shatranj" was rendered as ajedrez, in Portuguese as xadrez, and in Greek as zatrikion (which directly comes from Persian chatrang), but in the rest of Europe it was replaced by versions of the Persian shāh ("king"), which was familiar as an exclamation and became the English words "check" and "chess


Ok many tks can anyone get nearer shah to chess ?

It's derived from 'eschec' in French. Old English eshes. Run the etymology out as far as you care to.

The name actually comes from the game's inventor, ancient bluesman Blind Lemon Chess, who came up with it to pass the time between sets at club dates.  He tried to patent it, but there were no Patent Offices in India in the 5th Century, so he was cheated out of his invention and died naked, tired, alone, and very bitter about the whole thing.