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Evidence for Chaturanga (Payagunda)

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.1981
Type Contemporary rule description
Location 25°19'3.52"N, 82°58'26.09"E
Date 1700-01-01 - 1750-12-31
Rules 8x8 board. Ratha start on the corers, with the Turaja next to them and the Dvipa next to the Horses. The Raja and Mantri are in the center. Ratha jump diagonally to the second space; Turaja move orthogonally one space and then diagonally another space, jumping over any intervening pieces; Dvipa moves orthogonally any distance; Mantri moves diagonally any distance; Raja moves one space orthogonally or diagonally, Padati move forward orthogonally one square or forward diagonally to capture.
Content Account from Murray: "SLightly later than Nilakantha is a wotk by Vaidyanatha Payagunda, who lived in the first half of the 18th century or later. This work has for title Chatrangavinoda, The Game of Chess, but only the last chapter of 44 1/2 slokas treats of the game. The text of the unique MS (in private hands in Gujarat) is hopelessly corrupt...It deals with the ordinary two-handed game without dice. Beyond this we only know-The Chariots (ratha, syandana) occupy the corners, next to them are the Horses (turaja), then the Elephants (dvipa, nagendra, naga), and in the centre are the King (raja, nripa) and his Counsellor (mantri). The 8 Foot-soldiers (padati) stand in front...The chariot leaps diagonally into the third field...the horse goes 1 to the corners of a square standing on 4 squares...the elephant goes in the 4 streets...the counsellor goes one or two or all squares diagonally...the king goes to all the squares round abot...the pawn goes one field forwards, and takes to both sides." Murray 1913: 66.
Confidence 100
Ages Adult
Genders Male
Source Murray, H. J. R. 1913. A History of Chess. London: Oxford University Press.

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