23022 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Backgammon, Yatzy, and more!
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
Why was chess invented? Does anybody know? I think it was created for entertaiment and fun. After all, chess IS pretty fun!
I like to think somebody wanted to simulate a real battle between troops but they didn't have Age of Empires on their xbox
So they simulated a real battle by creating a turn-based game? Don't get me wrong I like chess but I find this explanation implausible.
Real life generals used to use (still use?) little figurines to represent troops, which they would move around a map.
It's a game, an idle pastime. It was created for the same reason any other idle pastime is -- as a recreational distraction.
And Risk is another game that is very much intended to simulate battle and is still turn based, by the way, so not so implausible.
If chess did not exist, we would have to invent it!
Several games are thought to have grown from an ancient game anthropologists tagged "Bones" after its pieces - animal knuckles, presumably originally tossed for some purpose, perhaps just to see what patterns might result.
From this start, it evolved in different directions. The sides began to be marked, which eventually became dice, while some bones resembled other things and were used as tokens. The combination grew into games like Parcheesi and Backgammon which used the dice to determine moves, and Chess which may originally have also used the dice.
Dice alone could be used for gambling, Parcheesi and Backgammon resemble races with the capture-and-send-back feature, and Chess the more direct conflict: no racing, just killing, like war.
The god Mars wanted to hook up with a dryad named Caissa, but she wasn't really into him. So he went to talk to Euphron, the god of sport and brother to Venus. Euphron created chess so that Mars could make Caissa fall for him.
So, as is true of many things, chess was created so that a guy could impress a lady. Of course, after it worked for Mars, it never worked for any guy ever again.
what else too occupy one's self when bored ? I think some old time checker player started the whole chess thing !!
Good question. One may also wonder if understanding the intention of the invention and adjusting your play accordingly to most closely align with the purpose, produces more success.
I don't think there is any known answer to your question, but if you're interested in how chess was invented here are some links for you and the third one is probably worth the $ if you're really interested
Chess was invented because it's often not easy to come up with four people for pinochle.
It was invented so people would have incentive to cut down those bothersome weed-woods, i.e. ebony, red sandalwood, etc..
wnt it developed from an earlier indian. " It was invented so people would have incentive to cut down those bothersome weed-woods, i.e. ebony, red sandlwood." sound's about right lol! we invent a game to wipe out the world's forests.
so it's a big fail?
So something else will have to be invented to help us make the transition from monkeys to space citizens.
LOL! Chess was never 'invented' it got handed down to us by our alien ancestors. Chess is not particular to earth.
It was used as a means to teach the locals on backward colonized planets how to think ahead and analyze.
If that is true then Anand V Alien (?) Universe championship must happen! They will have to concede the venue to be someplace in our world due to our inability to travel elsewhere yet. Looking forward to the match!
Data analysis: Difference between Male/Female ratings
by watcha 4 minutes ago
new game time out
by TatianaKosintsevaFan 5 minutes ago
2/8/2016 - Neumann-Hernandez Dresden 1969
by fightingbob 5 minutes ago
State of Chess.com Round Two! Post your questions here:
by iMacChess 12 minutes ago
Online chess filters
by JollyBishop 12 minutes ago
What's the most creative chess puzzle you've ever seen?
by The_Ghostess_Lola 12 minutes ago
What do you think to my attacking win?
by Invictus22 13 minutes ago
by E2Efour 14 minutes ago
by slimcheffy 14 minutes ago
2/7/2016 - Quick And Painless
by WillHua 20 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2016 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!