Saturday, March 22, 2008

Royal Selangor International Open Chess Tournament 2008 - Early chess pieces in Selangor

Scouring through an archive were pictures of these chess pieces believed to be the oldest archeological finding of its kind in Malaysia. Found somewhere in the state of Selangor the complete chess pieces or chator is called the Selangor set by a writer HJR Murray at the turn of the last century.

Chator was probably introduced by the Indians. Almost similar pieces and layout style could be found at archeological sites in Java, Sumatera, Borneo and Champa (Kampuchea) with subsequent refinements by the Arabs, long before the arrival of the Europeans in this part of the world.

Chess in Selangor or Malaysia for that matter has indeed a long history and contributes to the study of chess evolution and human civilization.