According to an article from ABC News the game of chess originated in India 1,500 year ago by an Indian Brahmin. Even in ancient Persian (Iranian) texts from 531 A.D. it states the game was invented in India. The Indian King Balhait was discouraged when his subjects were resorting to gambling. King Balhait ordered the Brahmin to design a chess game called chaturanga to help strengthen his people's intelligence. Now in modern India they are producing world champion chess players.
Math may not be a favorite subject in school for many, but its origins date back to ancient India. As far back as 2000 B.C. during India's Vedic times the concept of zero, geometry, algebra and algorithms was already established. One of India's greatest mathematicians gave the value of Pi - 3.1416 and the formulated math tables called the "Tables of Sine." Brahmaguptha developed the rules of operation for "zero" with his theories of the addition or subtraction of zero from or to any quantity (either negative or positive) has no effect. The product of any quantity with