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Shatranj – Game (pieces) of Kings (and pawns and such)

We’ve got the history, the rules, and the board, now there’s just the pieces. Between the Met, the V&A, and the PMA, there are a couple dozen sets and partial sets of Shatranj pieces. Most of the early (8th-12th Cen) … Continue reading

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Shatranj – Game (Board) of Kings

Though there are a couple dozen full and partial sets of Shatranj pieces scattered throughout museums worldwide, the boards for the game have not seemed to have survived equally well. That is, we ain’t got none. Our best option to … Continue reading

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Would You Like To Play A Game?

Love to. How about a Global Thermonuclear War? Wouldn’t you prefer a nice game of Shatranj? What?!? Some have suggested that the Norse game of Hneflatafl is a precursor to modern chess. They’re not wrong, Walter (as The Dude would … Continue reading

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Surprise! Wood Moves

A shorty today. I happened across a 22″ wide, 12′ long flat sawn red oak board some time ago. The board started out in Western PA as air dried stock. It then spent two years at the bottom of my … Continue reading

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