Chess is one of the most popular board games in the world, with a long and noble history that spans more than 1,500 years. Dating back to the 6th Century AD in Ancient India, Chess made a gradual spread through Asia and Europe through warfare and conquering. It was not until approximately the 15th century in Europe that the game evolved to its current form.
In the mid 1800s, people began to play in tournaments, with the first World Chess Championship held in 1866. In the 1970s, Chess was revolutionized again by the invention of the computer, giving people new ways to play. By the 1990s, it became possible to play Chess online.
Chess is one of the world’s most popular games! Millions of people play chess at home, in clubs, in tournaments, or online. It is a challenging game of skill that ranges in difficulty depending on the skill level of your opponent.
How To Play Chess
Chess is played on the same board as Checkers. The Chess board is composed of sixty four squares arranged in eight rows and eight columns. The squares alternate light and dark, but unlike Checkers, Chess pieces may be played on any color square. Each player begins the game with sixteen pieces of their specified color. These game pieces consist of a king, a queen, two rooks, two bishops, two knights, and finally eight pawns.
The player with the lighter Chess pieces always makes the first move. Each game piece has a specific pattern of movement. The rook moves in a straight line, while the bishop is able to move along diagonal lines. The king is like a pawn, but can move in any direction. The queen can move either straight or diagonally with no limit on spaces. The knight is the only piece that can jump over other game pieces, and moves in an ‘L’ shape- two spaces in one direction and one space in another direction. Pawns, on their first move, move two spaces forward. On any subsequent moves, pawns move one space.
The object of Chess is to get a checkmate. This involves removing game pieces and using strategy to corner the king. Checkmate is achieved when the king can no longer make any moves that do not result is his capture, resulting in a win for the attacking player.
Before you start playing, we recommend that you read the detailed rules of chess.