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Chess is a world-famous game played between two players using 32 pieces (16 each of two distinct colors) on a 64-square board of alternating colors (black and white, or, most commonly, light and dark).

The earliest known ancestor of modern chess was an Indian game called Chaturanga, where the knight, king, and rooks moved the same as in the modern game, but there was no castling or two-square move for the pawn, and the bishop and queen were much weaker. It then moved to Persia where it was known as Chatrang, eventually making its way through the still-youthful Islamic empire into southern Spain. By the 1500s, it had spread all throughout Europe and there were many different ways to play, including one variation where both king and queen can move at the same time. The modern rules were adopted in Spain sometime in the 1500s.

Legend has it that the queen's power on the chess board was an idea of the Spanish chess players modeling queen Isabella, arguably one of the most powerful female monarchs in European history.


  • 6 years ago · Quote · #21


    thanx for the information!Wink 

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #22


    There is a book out called the immortal game that goes through the history of chess that is interesting.  I  got the book on cd through my local library.   Laughing

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #23


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    Being one of Garry Kasparov's favourite weapons, the Scotch is one of the simplest to learn; yet there are so many possibilities and traps that can arise from the Scotch that it can sometimes catch the opponent off guard. The Scotch immediately gives White an advantage right from the beginning as the center is White's, White has more space, there is more room for development, both central pawns are right in the center of the board and White is still one move ahead.

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    i heard that originally, the queen wasn't in the game. is that true?

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #26


    For a much more thorough explanation and history of chess, including 80 reference citations, refer to Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #27


    Americans tend to view sports as being physical; however I think that sports can also be battles of the mind too.  After all, baseball, football, tennis, or any other physical sports is determined drastically by the mental aspect.   ANY possible thing you can imagine, including self-esteem, outcome,attitude, etc comes from the non-physical aspect.

    As a fan and player of physical sports, I hope chess someday makes it to the Olympics, because I would be fascinated to watch the top tactional minds square off.   That is excitement. 

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #28


    Caturanga and modern chess is identical  except renaming of pieces.

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  • 6 years ago · Quote · #31


    really interesting..

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #32


    helps to know where your game has been.Cool

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #33


    there is always something new to learn from history,

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  • 6 years ago · Quote · #37


    Chess is a sport game, that's why i like it. Try to understand chess opening and defense variation for a half game and last make end game. mangement your time.

    thank you very much!

    By: KingOfChess999

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #38


    The chess game has an oriental history. Still in my country (TURKEY) the name of the game is "satranç", which reminds Chatrang or Shatranj... And the names of pieces differ from Europian chess piece names. Actually, King is called "Şah" which is called after persian kings. Queen is called "Vezir" which means the advisor of the king (Note that there may be more than one "vezir" in older goverments just like in chess :))... Rook is called "kale" which has the same meaning. Bishop is called as "fil" which is Turkish word for elephant. Knight is called "at" which means "horse". Pawn is called "piyon" or "piyade" which means foot soldier. These different names makes me think that the game is clearly effected from the social life of where it played...

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #39


    In Persia the pieces are: shah(king), vazir or farzin(minister), pheal(elephant), asb(horse), rokh, pyade or sarbaz(soldier), respectively instead of; K,Q,B,N,R,P

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #40


    A complex game with a complex beginning

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