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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]
Thomas McElmurry wrote on 2005-03-28 UTC
I see. So there's a bit of history and a bit of mystery. Intriguing.

David Paulowich wrote on 2005-03-27 UTC
Regarding this board pattern: none of the 16 marked squares can be visited by any Elephant in Shatranj. There are also 16 unmarked squares that cannot be visited. <p>Fergus: Yesterday I sent two comments to Chess Variants Play-by-Mail System - the preset is giving me false (Black King in check) reports.

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

Thomas McElmurry wrote on 2005-03-27 UTC
What is the significance of the unusual board coloring in the new Shatranj preset?

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