Chess: The Oldest Skill Game in the World!

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The Europeans gave the chess pieces the names

we know today.


The 6 different chess pieces represent life in

Medieval times.


From a castle window we might see serfs, or

pawns, at work in the fields; perhaps a knight

approaching in his glittering armour, or a bishop

leaving a nearby church; the king and queen

might even grace the scene.

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Chess originated in India 1400 years ago.

The game was then called Chaturanga - chatur meaning

four and anga meaning parts.


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The game comprised the four parts of the army:

elephants, horses, chariots and foot soldiers besides the king

and his mantri (minister).


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The game was in fact a battle-plan drawn on a smaller scale,

to find out ways and means of outsmarting the enemy.


In the game, one side of the army had to knock out or capture

the opponent's pieces from the board until the king was

captured or 'checked'.


From India, soldiers and merchants took the game to Persia,

China and Japan. The Crusaders took the game to Europe in

the 12-13th century.


They called it 'chess' from the old French word echec meaning

'check'. The word 'checkmate' means 'the King is dead' from the

words echec mat which in turn came from the Persian word

shah mat.

Learn to play ...

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Setting up the board...

How the pieces move...


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Click here or here

or watch the pieces move here

Learn Chess by playing Puzzle Games


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Click here

Chess Puzzles

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Click here or here

Make your own cardboard chess set

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Print the pieces here

Print the board here

How to read and write chess puzzles...


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In the Library...

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...and more