Chatrang - Chaturanga - Shatranj
“The various levels of Chess were supreme achievements in their time”

   In Sanskrit the word quadripartite means divided into or consisting of four parts.

  This word was used to describe the Indian army of the Vedic period in which a platoon had:  5 foot soldiers, 3 on horseback, 1 chariot and 1 elephant.

  Chatrang was the name the Persians used for the game when they modified the rules during the 7th century.


  Chaturanga was an early version of Chess invented in India around the 6th century.

  On reaching Arabia the name of the game was modified yet again to Shatranj when Islamic players dominated the game.

  The various levels of Chess that arose were supreme achievements in their time.

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