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The Chess pieces at either side of the board get their English name from the Persian word for "chariot" (rokh), originally a Sanskrit term (rath). The explanation is that some chariots were once designed to look like mobile fortifications, or they may represent siege towers. Certainly you would not be transporting a stone castle from place to place.

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