I’m sure you all woke up this morning and thought.. “man!, I cant wait to hear me talk about chess…”
Alright maybe not.
but I am sure though that all of you have heard of the game before, some may have an understanding of its basic principles. A Few may even be pretty good.… But most of you have probably been tentative or hesitant about playing…   It’s a game for nerds… or too complicated, or perhaps you really don’t know anything about it at all.
Stigmatized perhaps, ignored… sure, but also rooted in human history, and one of the very first worldwide memes.  
I personally enjoy and respect the game, been playing for 25 years, and compete at a fairly high level recreationally.
I’d like for you to take away from this a better appreciation of the game, by sharing with you just what chess is, its origin, and how it spread across the globe.
First. What is chess?
Well chess… According to, is a board game for two players, each beginning with 16 pieces of six kinds that are moved according to individual rules, along a board with 64 squares (same as a checker board) with the objective of checkmating the opposing king.
Values of foresight and circumspection can be taken away from playing it.
According to Ben Franklin:
"The Game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired and strengthened by it, so as to become habits ready on all occasions; for life is a kind of Chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with, and in which there is a vast variety of good and ill events, that are, in some degree, the effect of prudence, or the want of it.”
If Soccer is the chief sport in the world, Chess is the chief board game.
Whether it be poker, go, backgammon, scrabble or hungry hippos, any game involving some skill… chess is the predecessor.
There are a few differing opinions.. but the theory subscribed...