Modern chess, as noted above, is also more complex than Shatranj, but that would scarcely account for the almost complete obliteration of Shatranj in favour of the new matrix. It is arguable that wei chi (also known as go is a more difficult and richer game than draughts, or that Shogi and Xiangqi, respectively the Japanese and Chinese forms of chess, have advantages over the western game of chess. That does not, however, prevent all versions from co-existing in amicable fashion.

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