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It was last modified on: 2016-05-03
 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Chaturanga. The first known variant of chess. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Joe Joyce wrote on 2011-02-08 UTC
The study of chess, its origins and evolution, can be considered from many angles. Let me offer an argument for the game of Chaturanga having primacy: http://www.goddesschess.com/chessays/Alex$20Kraaijeveld.pdf Dr A Kraaijeveld has developed a phylogenetic approach to the origins and relationships questions that uses internal evidence to set up a series of evolutionary trees, each radiating from a different ancestor, to illuminate the relationships among games. His findings strongly indicate Chaturanga is much more likely the ancestor of all chess forms than any other game, including proto-Xiangqi. Prof. Kraaijeveld has written 3 papers on various aspects of chess phylogeny. SOmewhere, I hve an email with links. Should anyone be interested, I'll try to find that email. The key paper [in my estimation] however, is this one.