Shatranj (Arabic شطرنج, from Middle Persian chatrang, from Sanskrit शतरंज) is an old form of chess, which came to the Western world from the Arabs, and ultimately from India via the Persian Empire. Modern chess gradually developed from this game. ==Etymology and origins== The Arabic word shatranj is derived from the Sanskrit chatura...
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(from the article `chess`) ...evolved is unclear. Some historians say chaturanga, perhaps played with dice on a 64-square board, gradually transformed into shatranj (or ...
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