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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Did chess have origins in Plovdiv, Bulgaria also?

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Fide President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Hi Everyone,

The Bulgarian city of Plovdiv could have links to the origin of chess, according to Fide President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

In an interview for the Russian Kommersant daily, Ilyumzhinov said he discussed with Bulgarian officials the possibilities of staging the first international conference on history and origins of chess in Sofia.

The FIDE states that India is only one possible places of origin of chess. "This is one version. But do you know that ancient chess pieces have been found in Plovdiv? And this is one of the oldest cities in Europe. There are still theories about which country is the birthplace of chess. We first talked about India, then - about Persia. Last year I was in Mongolia, and its president showed me chess pieces found found in the tomb of Genghis Khan and the excavated burial mound. Check out their approximate age - they turned out to be 3 500 years old. The oldest chess pieces in India are maximum 2000 years old ... Chess pieces have also been found in Latin America, in Peru. How did they end up there?" Ilyumzhinov asked.

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  • At November 5, 2010 at 9:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I think chess is so much part of the human species that if we were able to look back we would be find origins even in the dinosaur age. not bad. imagine dinosaurs playing chess.

  • At November 8, 2010 at 8:04 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    He also said chess was invented/delivered to us by aliens...what a freak of president the chess world has.


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