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Is it true that Persians invented chess

  • #1

    Is there any scientific evidence or is it just a hypthosesis that chess was invented by the Persians?

  • #2

    The precursors of chess originated in India during the Gupta Empire,[2][3][4][5] 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.[6]

    Chess was introduced to Persia from India


  • #3

    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.

  • #4

    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.   

  • #5

    Who invented chess?

  • #6

    Actually I invented chess. I did it because I wanted to play with myself. I mean chess not the other thing.

  • #7

    if you search in historical reference you will know Persian made and play chess before indian and as you know you can find Persian word in chess playing

  • #8

        I know they make good rugs.Smile

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  • #10
    I like post 6
  • #11

       Post 6 was posted 4 yrs ago. Since then NEW evidence has surfaced.Wink

  • #12

    The modern chess as we play it is definitely a Persian game. Check this article out 


    It is about Shatranj, an old form of today-chess. Almost all the rules and pieces of Shatranj were set by Persian. It is interesting to know that some of the words are still Persian. Check (Shah=King), mate( /maat/=out or lost), or Rook (/Rokh/=chariot).

        So, even though the board and one the pieces, the King, might have originated from India. Chess as we play it TODAY is a Persian invention( with European modifications).

  • #13
    Attilius wrote:

    Is there any scientific evidence or is it just a hypthosesis that chess was invented by the Persians?

    pure speculation


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