Friday, 24 February 2012
Buy A Chess Set: An Introduction To The Game Of Chess
Chess is universally recognized as the King of Games. This noble pastime has at all times been accorded a special niche in the realm of Games and no one, therefore, should be ignorant of the rules of this intellectual sport.
There is to day a widespread assumption that Chess is too scientific a game to afford relaxation after the occupations and preoccupations of the day. This amounts to denying oneself an addition to the beauties of life.
The game of Chess, invented, it is believed, in India and rendered more artistic in Europe, is an intellectual contest between two adversaries, who each has at his disposal sixteen units, eight pieces and eight pawns, which move on a chess board.
The chess board is divided into 6 squares of equal size, which, for the sake of clearness, are alternately black and white (or dark and light).
In order to make the conditions of the contest uniform, it has been made a rule that the board shall be so placed that each player has a white square at his bottom right-hand corner.
The chess set pieces on either side are equal in number and in value but of course of opposite colors (usually light and dark), to distinguish the two clans, the White and the Black.
Each set comprises one King, one Queen, two Rooks, two Bishops, two Knights and, of course, eight pawns.
It will be seen that each one of these eight pawns corresponds to one of the pieces. These eight chess set pieces represent only five different types of units. Yet that is sufficient to render our game as imaginative and varied as can well be conceived.
We must remember that other board games (such as Draughts, the Japanese 'Go' and others) rely on pieces of one type only. No wonder then that Chess, with its 32 varied pieces, produces a contest more vital than, for instance, Draughts or Checkers with its 24 uniform men.
(Adapted from 'A Breviary Of Chess by S. Tartakower 1937)
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