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Chess – the game and its objective

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To many of us, the word “chess” refers to a board game played across a square board having 64 squares in alternate colors distributed across eight rows and eight columns by two players sitting opposite to each other with the board placed in front of them. Each player is provided with a set of 16 pieces comprising eight major pieces that include two rooks, two knights, two bishops, a Queen and the King, and eight minor pieces in the form of pawns. One set of pieces will preferably be in white color, called White pieces, and the other set of pieces would be referred to as black pieces. The objective of the game as understood generally is to capture the opponent’s King and say checkmate.

This is the general notion of the game. A little introspection into the game reveals that the pieces provided to each player at the beginning of the game have some different characteristics and unique capabilities. The pieces also follow some basic clearly defined rules and regulations with regard to movement across the board. Adhering to the rules of the game, which are very simple and can be grasped in no time, anyone can start playing the chess game.

One more thing most of the people might know about the game of chess is that it is one of the oldest games played since the early 6th century. Despite being played since the early 6th century and more popularized since the 15th century in Spain, the game of chess still attracts the fascination of many people across the world.

Now, coming back to the game, we found that each player is provided with the same set of pieces at the beginning of the game. There is no difference in the characteristics based on the color of the pieces. No player is allowed to make more than one move consecutively. In other words, both the players are provided with equal opportunities to make the moves. In each move, only one piece can be moved, castling being the only exception where two pieces exchange squares in a single move. The pieces are allowed to move only across the open squares or unoccupied squares. There is no question of jumping over the pieces, only exception being the Knight, which might hop over a square even if the square is occupied by another piece.

Misconceptions and myths surround the game of chess more than the ideal aspects of the game that can provide more sheen and shine to a person’s character and life.

At the start of the game, each player is provided with equal number of pieces. In other words, equilibrium is there at the start of the game. When each player is provided with same number of pieces and has equal powers or capabilities at his or her disposal, how can one corner the opponent’s king and say checkmate. The only possibility must be a mistake on the other player. If both players play to their skills and do not make mistakes, all that can happen is sacrifices and captures of the pieces excluding the King. That leads to the conclusion that the logical outcome or objective of the game is only a draw and not checkmate. CHECKMATE is only an accident in the game resulting from a player’s mistake and cannot be a logical outcome.

Some ignorant people might decry the game of chess as an idle amusement fit for the old people, while some others give the stamp of an intelligent sport. Chess is not just an idle amusement or an intelligent sport. It has more to offer for a person’s life and that can be only experienced and felt.

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July 14th, 2009 at 12:26 pm