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Old November 24th 14, 03:36 AM posted to rec.games.chess.misc
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Default World Chess Championship: Anand, the nice guy who finished first

On Saturday, November 8, 2014 7:40:09 AM UTC+8, Dr. Jai Maharaj wrote:


But his greatest achievement has been that he has single-
handedly made chess popular as a sport in a nation of
over 100 million cricket crazy citizens. The sport which
took birth in India as 'Chaturanga' is played avidly
today and followed in the country chiefly due to the
contributions of this one man.


Well just to state the obvious, Chaturanga, a four person variant of modern chess, in no way resembles modern chess, except to a historian.

Modern chess was invented primarily in Europe, during the Renaissance, when the queen was modified to make her more powerful, as well as other changes such as en passant and the two-square pawn move, and further modified in the 19th century with respect to pawn promotion and the use of clocks.

But hey, if it makes you feel better (after all you live in a squalid southeast Asian country called India/Pakistan), then by all means believe in your myths.

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