Saturankam is a race game played on a square board, around which the players’ pieces move in a labyrinthine path. It is played in southern India and Sri Lanka. It is of unknown antiquity, but square-board race games in India are thought to predate chess. The name saturankam in fact means chess, and chess is thought to have been designed around an 8×8 square race game board. The dice in saturankam, called kemadi, often made of brass, have values marked with holes in the faces.

Saturankam leaflet

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Indian boards included the 10×10 Dasapada and the 9×9 Saturankam. Later this game came to be known as Chaturanga

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