Dating a chess set
It wasn’t until the 10th century that chess boards were given dark and light squares.
Arab cultures introduced chess to the Western world.
In many ways, the expansion of chess’s popularity has paralleled world events.
The game required no common tongue, so when one empire conquered another, this war game was often passed from one army to another.
The game of chess as played in 6th-century India used a die to determine which figure would be moved.The pieces represented the king and his four military divisions: foot soldiers, cavalry, charioteers, and troops atop elephants.