The game of Chess
emerged in Spain and the rest of Southern Europe
during the second half of the 15th century after evolving from a
similar but much older game of Indian origin. Today, chess is one
the world's most popular games, played by millions of people worldwide.
Chess is an abstract strategy game and involves no hidden
It is played on a chessboard with 64 squares arranged in an
eight-by-eight grid. At the start, each player controls sixteen
pieces. The object of the game is to checkmate the opponent's
whereby the king is under immediate attack and there is no
way for it to escape. Chess theory usually divides the game of
into three phases with different sets of strategies: the opening,
the middlegame, and last the
Chess strategy is concerned with the evaluation of chess positions and
with setting up goals and long-term plans for future play. During
play, players must take into account numerous factors such as the
value of the pieces on the board, control of the center and
centralization, the pawn structure, king safety, and the control of key
squares or groups of squares.
All the chess boards I could find
plastic, cardboard, or just tacky and cheap. All the nice
ones were more than I was willing to pay. So I made mine
from 2 1/2 inch squares of maple and oak. I would have liked
to have done the binding with purple heart and oak, but since there was
no purple heart available locally I made a binding from
laminated oak and maple
The chess pieces I ordered from the good folks at www.wholesalechess.com.
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