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Chess (Mad Queen's Chess, Queen's Chess, Échecs, Schach, Ajedrez, Xadrez, Scacchi)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Southern Europe

Category Board, War, Replacement, Checkmate, Chess


Ultimately originates from Indian Chaturanga, arrived in Western Europe during the Middle Ages as Shatranj. Over several centuries, after seeming experimentation with movement, the adoption of the modern movement of the queen and bishop made chess what it is today. Modern Chess appeared sometimes during the fourteenth or fifteenth Century, when the vizier piece was replaced by the queen. It since has become perhaps the most popular game in the world, with massive international competitions.


Played on an 8x8 board with pieces with specialized moves: Pawns (8): can move one space forward; Rooks (2): can move any number of spaces orthogonally; Bishops (2): can move any number of spaces diagonally; Knight (2): moves in any direction, one space orthogonally with one space forward diagonally; Queens (1): can move any number of spaces orthogonally or diagonally; Kings (1): can move one space orthogonally or diagonally. Players capture pieces by moving onto a space occupied by an opponent's piece. Player wins when they capture the other player's king.




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Murray 1913: 776-890; Murray 1951:83–84.

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Damiano. 1512. Questo libro e da imparare giochare a scachi e de li partiti.

Murray, H. J. R. 1913. A History of Chess. London: Oxford University Press.

Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.




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