Revisiting the game as played in ancient India


Chess is an ancient game. There is early archeological evidence that the game was played going very far back in Ancient India. The game, or battle, Chaturanga appears in the Mahabharata, an ancient epic poem of the Kurukshetra war. This war took only eighteen days and was between two cousin families over who was the rightful ruler of the kingdom of Bharata. The two families, the five sons of Pandu and the one hundred sons of the blind king Dhritarashtra, fought with cunning and treachery, the morality of which bothered a key character, Yudhishthira. The Bhagavad Gita includes the spiritual explanation of why sometimes violence, treachery and war is necessary. What a game of great game chess is, where the violence and treachery are confined to the board.”

India has given 65 Grandmasters, 10 Women Grandmasters, and 123 international chess masters to date who never fail to make the nation and themselves proud each time. These chess masters share their journey of success on various social media platforms or via interviews. They make sure that the spirit and enthusiasm of chess amongst the youth never dies.

We, at Bhavyata Foundation, bring you the game of chess for beginners and amateurs. In the promotion of traditional Indian board games, we aim to hold online webinars to learn the basics of playing chess.

Our Chess Master Trainer: Shri. Saurabh Brahmankar

Intro Session: Chaturanga, 20th July: The History and Basic Rules

Upcoming Session, 27th July: Opening and Playing Smart Moves

Time: 6 pm to 7 pm.