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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

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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