Classic chess derives its name from two Persian words, "check" and "mate," meaning master of death. A predecessor of chess called chaturanga originated in India in the 5th century, and a modern version of the game appeared in Russia in the 9th and 10th centuries. The beloved game goes by different names in different countries: in England and America it's known as chess, in Spain as el axadrez, in Germany as schach, and in France as echecs. Both the chessmaster and the novice can appreciate this tournament-style chess set. The pieces are handsomely carved and lacquered, while the board features numbers and letters to track every move!