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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2005-03-22
 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Shatranj. The widely played historic Arabian game, predecessor of modern chess. (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2005-03-27 UTC
It is based on the Ashtapada, the board that may have originally been used for Chaturanga. In a diagram shown on Jean-Louis Cazaux's website, certain spaces have X's on them. But when I tried this, it didn't look good with the pieces also on the X'd squares. So I made a recolored copy of the board and copied recolored squares to the squares that were X'd in the diagram. This looked much nicer while highlighting the same squares. See http://history.chess.free.fr/ashtapada.htm