Chess fun facts!

Chess fun facts!

Jan 31, 2011, 4:28 AM |

Note: Please, in the future, go to and read my blog posts there. Posting blog posts on one blog is much easier than posting on two blogs. I hope you understand :)

Today I’m going to reveal some facts about chess that tells something about the popularity of the game, the age etc.

-Chess was originally invented in India, by that time chess had the name Chaturanga. The bishop and queen were much weaker than nowadays. The game of chess as we know it and play today was made in the 1500s, with some changings in the rules of Chaturanga.

-605 million people around the world knows how to play chess, 285 million people plays chess via the internet, and 7.5 million players are registered players. At least according to Susan Polgars blog.

-Chess is called the game of kings, because for many centuries it was played primarily by nobility and the upper classes.

-The knight’s role has been stable over time. Even in the earliest versions of the game, it represented the cavalry and had the unique ability to leap over its opponents.

-The word “checkmate” comes from the Persian phrase “shah mat,” which means “the king is defeated.”

There’s a lot more to chess than most people know!

Next blog post will be about Chess software, so be sure to check back on this blog tomorrow!

Oh, and I’ll add this picture to todays blog. It was just too awesome to be left unused.