Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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1. Chess is not for timid souls - Shirts & Hoodies sold on Teespring

 


2. A Well Placed Pawn Is More Powerful Than A King


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History of the game of chess

The origin of chess is still unknown, some say it originated in India, before the 6th century AD while others think the game originated in China.

In India, the game was called “Chaturanga” which means “army”. From India the game later came to Persia and they created a more modern version of the game. Then it was introduced to Arabs countries and made it way to Europe.

Interesting facts about chess

  1. Chess was in fact invented in India during the Gupta empire. Then it began to spread to the Persian Sassanid Empire, and then to the Middle East after Muslims conquered Persia. From there, it came to Europe and Russia.
  2. Chess is called the game of kings; it used to be played primarily by nobility and the upper classes.
  3. Did you know: The word "chess" derives from a Chicagoan term meaning "blues record."
  4. There are about 1.70 x 10*29 ways to play the first 10 moves of a game of chess.
  5. The number of possibilities of a Knight’s tour is over 122 million..
  6. The longest official chess game ever was between I.Nikolic vs Arsovic, in Belgrade 1989 : 269 moves (20 hours, 15 minutes).
  7. Bobby Fischer received the title: "The youngest grand-master in chess history,  in 1957 at the age of 14. Another 15 years later, he took the world championship in 1972.
  8. The 2nd book ever printed in the English language was about chess.
  9. The new pawn move, where pawns were allowed to advance two squares on its first move instead of one, was first introduced first in Spain in 1280.
  10. The folding chessboard was invented by a priest who was forbidden to play chess. He then found a way around it by making a folding chessboard. When folded together and put one bookshelf, it simply looks like two books.
  11. In blindfold chess game, a player makes all of his or her moves without looking at a board. There is a “middle man” who will give and receive moves for the game.
  12. Blindfold chess is a skill that many great chess players possess. It requires a keen ability to see the board clearly, which can get difficult after many moves.
  13. The first computer program for playing chess was developed in 1951, by Alan Turing. However, no computer was powerful enough to process it, so Turing tested it by doing the calculations himself and playing according to the results, taking several minutes per move.
  14. The first chess game played between space and earth was on June 9, 1970.
  15. Rookies or, players in their first year, are named after the Rook in Chess. Rooks generally are the last pieces to be moved into action, and the same goes for Rookies.
  16. Blindfold chess is an impressive skill requiring a keen ability to see the board clearly in mind which can get difficult after many moves.
  17. In 1960, Koltanowski played 56 chess games blindfolded (with only 10 seconds a move) and won 50 and drew 6.
  18. The word “Checkmate” in Chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means
    "the King is dead.”
  19. In 1985, the Soviet player Garry Kasparov became the youngest World Chess Champion ever at the age of 22 years and 210 days.
  20. The first Chessboard with alternating light and dark squares appeared in Europe in 1090.
  21. "Chaturanga" an ancient Indian game - perhaps the ancestor of the games of chess. Its Sanskrit caturaṅga means "having four limbs or parts" and in epic poetry often means "army". 


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