Chaturaji (Chaturanga for four players)

Players 4-4
Length 10-180 minutes
Equipment Required one standard piecepack
Designer Traditional, adapted by TrevorLDavis
Version 1.0
Version Date2016-08-31
License CC-BY-SA


Chaturaji aka Chaturanga for four players aka Choupat is an old four-person chess variant. The diceless version is playable with a single standard piecepack, the version with dice either needs an additional two dice (preferably four-sided) or alternatively 2-4 extra game pieces (i.e. pawn saucers) to free up two piecepack dice from game piece duty.


Chaturaji is played on an 8-by-8 board made with the backs of 16 tiles. Each player needs 8 game pieces of the same suit: 1 king (piecepack pawn), 1 horse (2-valued coin), 1 boat (4-valued coin), 1 rook (piecepack die or pawn saucer), and 4 pawns (remaining 4 coins face down). Horses and boats are distinguished by orientation.


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There are many Chaturaji rule sets some of which meet the definition of free culture. A link is provided to a rule set under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike? license. Since the game has been played for hundreds of years public domain rule sets likely exist.

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