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Chess:Chess Game Guide [Kindle Edition]

Keisha Adams

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One of the world’s most beloved games, Chess is played by millions of people around the world, with international tournaments being arranged annually. At its core, Chess is a strategy board game, and is designed for two (2) players, with one player having 16 black or dark-colored Chess pieces and the other player having 16 white or light-colored Chess pieces. The players move on a square chessboard made up of a total of 64 squares, which consist of 32 dark squares and 32 light squares. It’s notable that each chess piece has a certain starting point, with the black Chess pieces on one side of the board and the white Chess pieces on the other.

Each player is able to control their own set (or “army”) of pieces, known as chessmen. Usually, one player is known as "White" and the other as "Black". To distinguish between the two sets of chess pieces, the black pieces are darker than the white pieces. The course of a Chess game is divided into three phases: opening, middle game, and endgame.

The History of Chess
According to chess historians, chess is one of the oldest games in existence. Although there is no exact date, nor records of when it started, it is commonly believed that Chess arose during the 6th century in India. It is not known who invented the game.

It is said that the Indian Rajah (King) believed war was the most effective way to learn certain values such as bravery, determination and quick decision-making. Thus, it is commonly believed that this is the reason why Chess was structured around war. Back then, it was called 'chaturanga' which translates to "four divisions” based on the military---infantry, cavalry, elephantry and chariotry.

Chess was introduced to Persia from India and became part of royal education in 600 A.D. The rules of Chess developed further in Persia, with players calling "Shah!" (Persian for "King!") when attacking the opponent's King, and "Shāh Māt!" (Persian for "the King is helpless") when the King could not escape from attack. It was already noted at this time that the game have two opposing armies of 16 pieces each. Significant changes were made to the style as it was passed down from culture to culture.

1400 years later, Chess reached the western world, due to the Moors, who travelled to Europe and introduced the game to the Spaniards. Chess changed in many ways upon landing in Europe, for instance, the original Indian pieces of Elephant, Horse and royal advisor have now become the more-common Queen, Bishops and Knight. In England, the growth of Chess steadily spread during medieval times, and one of the first books printed in English was a chess book - Caxton's The Game and Playe of the Chesse, published in 1474. By the Seventeenth century the game had settled exactly into its modern form which we know now, and which will not be changing anytime soon. Since Chess was known to be played exclusively for the royal family, it is called “the Royal Game.”

Today, Chess has been recognized as a sport by the International Olympic Committee, with international chess competitions being an observed by FIDE – World Chess Federation. All its official games are played with the Staunton Chess set, a standard created and followed internationally since 1924. Aside from its formal use in tournaments, chess is also played online, as many computers have been programmed to play chess---to the point where even these programmed computers can play chess at a higher and more complicated level then the best human players today.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Guide For Chess Beginners 8 Feb. 2014
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Chess is a fun and engaging game. Played for hundreds of years, it is a game that requires one to have a good strategy. If you are new to the game of chess or you want to learn how to play chess, this is the game guide for you. Every aspect about the game is thorougly and clearly explained like the rules, the moves each of the chess piece, chess notation, etc. It offers tips and game moves you can use against your opponent to beat them.
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