Excavations in the northwestern Palace of Facets in Veliky Novgorod uncovered a Chess piece dating from the 14th century.

Chess was popular in Veliky Novgorod since the 13th century.

Source says 82 other pieces from the 14th century were also unearthed, but doesn’t say when or where, or if it was part of the same dig (if it was, one wonders why the 83rd deserved its own press release).