56 Check­mate? – Purists fight to re­vive Myan­mar’s an­cient chess

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS - Kelly Mac­na­mara

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

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