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Ashtapada DLP Game   

Period Medieval

Region Southern Asia

Category Board, Race, Reach


Ashtapada is a term referring to a board game that predates Chess in India. It is widely believed that the 8x8 Ashtapada board, which is marked in certain places, was appropriated and used for Chaturanga, since many Chaturanga boards in India maintain the Ashtapada markings, though they are meaningless for chess. In the Ashtapabada of Balabharata (thirteenth century), a dice game is described as being played on the Ashtapada, with dice determining the movement of pieces on the board.


8x8 board. One die. Two players. One plays as black, the other as red.

These rules were taken from the Historical Information ruleset.

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Lüders, H. 1907. Das Würfelspiel im alten Indien. Berlin: Weidmannsche Buchhandlung.




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