Chess is one of the oldest board games, having originated in India about
1500 years ago. The fact that chess is still popular the world over
among people of all different ages and interests is a testament to this
fascinating game's appeal.
Why do people love chess so much? Well, chess requires that players
have a combination of skill and smarts. It can take years to become
an accomplished chess player, and many players enjoy the journey of going
from novice to expert.
Chess is played by two opposing players, on a square checkered board with
64 squares. Each player starts the game with sixteen white or black
game pieces. These pieces are of six types and consist of a king,
a queen, two rooks, two bishops, two knights, and eight pawns. Each
piece type moves and captures other pieces on the board in a particular
way. The game's object is to checkmate the other player's
king, by forcing it into a position where it cannot avoid capture.
You can find chess game rules and board setup information at
Learn to Play Chess.
Today's chess sets come in a variety of materials, from basic plastic
and cardboard sets for beginners to beautiful, intricately carved
marble sets. Chess sets can also be made out of a variety of woods,
metals, and glass. While black and white are the traditional colors
for the pieces, sets with other colors are now available. Chess is
becoming so mainstream that themed chess sets are even available for
people with various hobbies and interests!
Opening Moves in a Chess Game
Chess sets make attractive game table accessories and are popular gifts
for chess players. On ChessGames.us, you will find several chess set
suppliers, including new and used chess sets at eBay, as well as chess tournament information
and player resources.