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Of Castles and Kings Chess which is believed to have originated in India has come a long way since its earliest record and perhaps violent history Since its origin chess has undergone a few changes One of the biggest changes in chess is the switch from classical openings to a new style referred to as hypermodern openings Before you can understand this change you must know about the history rules and strategy of chess There are many theories about the origination of chess The most popular idea is that it originated from the game Chaturanga once thought to be Chinese Checkers but now is believed to be of Indian Origin from India the country According to Eastern Legend Chaturanga was invented by a man named Sissa Sissa was a Brahman at the Court of King Balhait of India King Balhait was tired of dice games that depended primarily on luck and chance so he ordered his wise men to come up with a game that depended on a players judgement and skill Sissa took an eight by eight grid of sixty-four squares which back then in India was called an Ashtapada Board and checkered it with with colors The pieces he used were based on the four categories of the Indian army The elephants the cavalry the chariots and the infantry He also used the King and his chief counselor Sissa made the rules so that you have to use strategy and skill in order to win The King was very pleased with this new game It reduced luck and chance to a small role He ordered that it be played in every temple as training in the art of war Chaturanga spread Eastward to China and on the way over there it was transformed into Siang KI which is Chinese Chess Chinese Chess is played on the points rather than the squares Chinese Chess traveled through Korea to Japan where it transformed
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