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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Chess.
 
Called by the Hindus cheturanga (the four angas)—i.e. the four members of the army—viz. elephants, horses, chariots, and foot-soldiers; called by the ancient Persians chetrang. The Arabs, who have neither c nor g, called it shetranj, which modern Persians corrupted into sacchi, whence the Italian scacchi, German schach, French echec, our chess. (See page 242, CHECKMATE.)   1
 


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