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I had heard from someone that Chess evolved from Chaturanga then Shatranj. Are there any pointers towards this?

I would like to know counter arguments as well, if any.

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This doesn't answer your question, but we still call chess, "Shatranj" (شطرنج) in Arabic. –  Soufiane Hassou May 2 '12 at 13:10
Along with pointers, I'd be happy to see historical evidence on this question. –  Nikana Reklawyks Nov 17 '12 at 20:37
@SoufianeHassou We also still call it Shatranj in Persian –  OmnipresentAbsence Feb 24 '13 at 22:05

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Those two games are indeed early forms of chess. The pieces were similar, although their moves were different, and there were some chess rules that had not yet been invented; however, chess evolved from those early games.

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Chaturanga indeed is chess. In Hindi language Chaturanga (shatranj in Arablic), is what chess (which is in English) called.

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There are many games that share a common of ancestor of chess. These include Xiangqi (Chinese chess) and the mighty Shogi, among others.

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I found this article very informative: http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/200904/the.game.of.kings.htm

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