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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]
Charles Gilman wrote on 2011-03-04 UTC
India as well as China had a tradition of board games before the earliest recognisable proto-Chesses. The name for the board on which Chaturanga was played, Ashtapada, was also the name for an earlier game, probably a race-game, played on that board. The name means 'eight-footed' (cognate with octopus) and refers to the size of each dimension. People in the China camp could argue that Chaturanga was an adaptation of pre-Cannon Xiang Qi for an Ashtapada board, but in that case it seems equally likely that Xiang Qi is an adaptation of Chaturanga for Chinese ways of playing games.