56 Checkmate? – Purists fight to revive Myanmar’s ancient chess
when warriors used it to fine tune real fighting strategies.
Elephants rampage across the squares, a military general marches in place of the queen and players have creative freedom to arrange many of the pieces as they wish, behind front-line pawns that start almost spear-to-chest.
“The game can feel like you are fighting a war,” said Thein Zaw, a five-times Myanmar chess champion,
Modern chess. Photo: Mizzima