Chess is a game of logic. It is a game of logical thinking.
The strategy used in winning a chess game is parallel to those in running
a business. One has to think ahead, plan a winning strategy and analyze
several complex factors. Playing chess allows one to sharpen
and exercise the mind.
The chess set is composed of 32 pieces, with each player having 16 pieces.
Each side has a king, a queen,
two bishops, two knights, two
rooks, and eight pawns. White always move
first, and players take turns alternately moving one piece at a time.
The objective the game is to "checkmate" or capture your opponent's king.
Chess, in an earlier form, has been played in India as early as the
6th century AD. In the early times, it was mostly played
by nobles and the aristocrats. Several changes have been made as
the game evolved. Castling was added in the 1500's. The queen
was an addition in the 15th century. Some other minor
changes were done in the 1800s.
Each piece has its own method of movement. A piece may be moved
to another position or may capture an opponent's piece. A capture
is done by landing on a square occupied by an opponent piece, and removing
the opponent piece from the chessboard. With the exception of the
knight, a piece may not move over any of the other pieces.
In tournament games, each player is allowed a limited amount of time
to make certain number of moves. It is also a common practice in
regular tournament game that once a piece has been touched by a player,
it must be the piece that should be moved moved.
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