Chess- A History

Chess is undoubtedly one of the most popular games in the world! If you are you a chess-lover, oryou find it fascinating, here are some aspects of this game of chess that are interesting to know!

How it started

The origination of chess started with the classic game Chaturanga, in India as far back as 600 CE.  Over the centuries, the concept of this game spread to different areas in Asia and Europe, specifically Spain where it became wildly popular. It had different variations in different areas, and was a favorite leisure time for monarchs all over the world, be it the Ottomans, the Mughals, and even many of the European monarchies at the time. In the 16th century, it was established in the way we know it today. Over time, different masters of chess from all over the world, including India, Asia, and Europe introduced different techniques of playing and created winning strategies. In the 20th and 21st centuries, from 1927-2006, the Soviet Union and then what was made into Russia. Post-2006, another major stalwart figure was Bobby Fisher, whose legendary strategies of chess were undefeatable.

The Classic Format –   The most common format in which chess is played is two-player chess. In this, there are white and black pieces, and 2 players. Each player plays as per the rules and moves the pieces as per the regulations and strategies. The aim is to capture the king, something that is called a “check-mate”, which means the game is over. This game is a lot of fun, but also one which requires immense concentration, and intelligent strategies. It is therefore recommended to play this game, to induce sharpness! However, there are also other variations of chess which is equally fun.

4-player chess

One of the more popular variations of chess that is still played today is 4-player chess. In this case, unlike classic chess, there are not just two players playing with black and white pieces. Instead, there are four players, with different colored pieces, green, blue, red, and yellow. The rules are almost the same, with a few variations. There are some criteria for winning, which are unique in this case. This is still played by chess lovers today.


Owing to how it was largely a royal game, the premises of chess is very interesting. There are knights, bishops, pawns, an extremely powerful queen, and a rook. The larger game alludes to royal politics and war. Developing this scenario while playing the game makes it even more exciting!

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