The chess game from Asia

The invention of chess is still an enigma. It is thought that it was invented around the year 500 in India or Persia. At that time, the game is called „Chatrang“ and its pieces represent the 4 members of the Indian army: the war elephant, the rider, the wagon and the soldier on foot. The king is accompanied by his counselor, the vizier.

© Swiss Museum of Games Collection
Indian chess pieces in painted ivory, Rajasthan, late 19th / early 20th century