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Chatrang (Sassanian) DLP Game   

Period Medieval

Region Central Asia, Southern Asia, Western Asia, Eastern Europe

Category Reconstruction, Pending, Board, War, Replacement, Checkmate, Chaturanga


Chatrang is a game with replacement captures that was played in Sassanian Persia. It was a direct descendant of the game Chaturanga, and a precursor to Shatranj.


8x8 board. Two players. Replacement capture. Shah (King), Farzin (Ferz), Rukh, Pil (Elephant), Asp (Knight), Piyadak (Pawn) pieces.

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Murray, H. J. R. 1913. A History of Chess. London: Oxford University Press.

Panaino, A. 2017. WIZĀRIŠN Ī ČATRANG UD NIHIŠN Ī NĒW-ARDAXŠĪR. Encyclopaedia Iranica. accessed 03/23/2020.



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