Chess as a meaning: evolution of a significant in medieval culture

  • Marina A. Mojeiko Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts, 17 Rabkorawskaja Street, Minsk 220007, Belarus


Dedicated to the analysis of chess as a sign system (namely as meaning). The modelling nature of the chess game has been substantiated. The process of semiotic evolution of chess pieces game has been reconstructed: in this context chaturanga, chatrang, shatranji, Levis chess, lovers’ chess, courier chess, moon chess and others game have been analysed. The evolution of the meanings behind a chess game through the history of medieval culture has been considered: battle – knightly tournament – courtly flirting – society as a whole – being as such.

Author Biography

Marina A. Mojeiko, Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts, 17 Rabkorawskaja Street, Minsk 220007, Belarus

doctor of science (philosophy), full professor; head of the department of philosophy and methodology of humanities, faculty of culturology and sociocultural activities


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Keywords: sign system, model, signified, chess, chess pieces, hidden meanings, transformation of values, evolution of semantics
How to Cite
Mojeiko, M. A. (2021). Chess as a meaning: evolution of a significant in medieval culture. Journal of the Belarusian State University. Sociology, 2, 64-79.