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Chess Set in Black and Tan Marble
Chess Set in Black and Tan Marble
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Chess is a board game played between two players.
The chessboard upon which the game is played, is a square-checkered board with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid.
Each player controls sixteen pieces at the start of the game; one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns.
Chess strategy consists of setting and achieving long-term goals during the game - for example, where to place different pieces - while tactics concentrate on immediate manoeuvre.
Among the Hebrew Israelite Chess games, Black moves first, otherwise White always moves first.
After the initial move, the players alternately move one piece at a time (with the exception of castling, when two pieces are moved). Pieces are moved to either an unoccupied square, or one occupied by an opponent's piece, capturing it and removing it from play.
The object of the game is to checkmate the opponent's king. Checkmate is where the king is under immediate attack (in "check") and there is no way to remove or defend it from attack on the next move.
Chess is commonly believed to have originated in North-West India during the Gupta empire (an Ancient Indian empire which existed approximately from 320 to 550 CE and covered much of the Indian Subcontinent), where its early form in the 6th century was known as caturaá¹
ga (Sanskrit: four divisions [of the military] - infantry, cavalry, elephants, and chariotry, represented by the pieces that would evolve into the modern pawn, knight, bishop, and rook, respectively).
In the Middle Ages and during the Renaissance, chess was a part of noble culture; it was used to teach war strategy and was dubbed the "King's Game". However, chess can be used for self-improvement.
"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. By playing at Chess then, we may learn: I. Foresight, which looks a little into futurity, and considers the consequences that may attend an action [...] II. Circumspection, which surveys the whole Chess-board, or scene of action: - the relation of the several Pieces, and their situations [...] III. Caution, not to make our moves too hastily [...]"
Franklin, Benjamin. "The Morals of Chess". Metajedrez. http://www.metajedrez.com.ar/franklineng.htm. Retrieved 2008-11-26
The Game Of Kings
For 2 players. Ages: 6 & up. This is a learning set for the beginner. Each piece easily shows how many spaces each piece can move and in which direction. This is a standard plastic Staunton-style chess set with each piece marked with its name, its value, and the directions in which it can legally move when moving or taking.
Learning the moves of each chess piece takes only moments, but an entire lifetime can be spent mastering their intricate strategies.
Chess is one of those very rare games that takes minutes to learn, but a lifetime to master. It's never played the same way twice, even among grandmasters and close friends. It requires (and encourages!!) the ability to think ahead and plan carefully, and is enjoyed by people as young as 5 and as old as 125. It's a complicated game where you have to mange and plan the moves of your own 16 pieces while keeping a sharp lookout on your opponent's 16 pieces.
The origins of Chess
The origins of Chess is highly disputed. Many schalors say it originated in India, some say Persia or China. All agree that the game of chess has been around for thousands of years. I say it has been with us, in some form, since before Adam and Eve as the two opposing forces headed by the archangels, Michael and Lucifer.
The Game of Life
There are dangers, both big and small, spiritual and physical. All are players, some know this and others do not. Some believe that there is one Big player while others only see the two kings, the forces of the Sons of Light vs the forces of the sons of darkness. For people with a very small view of time, the surface of the planet seems to be a secure place. Others of us who are versed in history and prophecy see greater dangers. So we plan our moves and precieve the counter moves of the enemy before we even make a move, some times five to seven moves ahead.
In this complex game, the game of life, we are in a simular situation like unto an observer of a chess game who don't know the rules. Many do not know their own value in the play. The universe is the play field with some of us being Pawns, Towers, Kings or Queens. There is an ongoing development from simple to complex. There are moves and counter moves, whether spiritual (thoughts and/or words) or physical (deeds, direct action or indirect action) to jockey for position and victory.
Ever since chess originated in the 17th century in ancient India, it has grown to become recognized as the most ancient, intellectual, and cultural game of its time. There is something about chess players which makes us want to accumulate far more chess books than we can possibly ever read, maybe its the intellectual competition.
Classic Game Collection Chess Set
Inlaid cabinet with hand-carved staunton chess pieces -- great for birthdays, for holidays or just for you now.
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