The Advent of Chess and the Etymology of “Checkmate”

Chess was originally a two player game from India referred to as “Chaturanga” and dates back to 600 A.D.. The first chessboard which displayed alternating light and dark squares appeared in Europe in 1090. The phrase “checkmate” comes from the Persian phrase “shāh māt” (pronounced “shah-mat”) which means “the king is dead” in Persian

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