Monday Musings with White Wolf: Chess

It’s another new feature! White Wolf has contributed a guest spot now and then, but now he has his own weekly feature! Every week, he’s going to give us something to think about. Every week we’re going to take a look at the other things that fall under the “gaming” banner. This week, it’s one of the oldest games known–chess.

Today we are going to talk about my favorite game Chess. Chess was one of the first board games I learned to play. I was about six years old when my oldest brother taught me the game. Of course learning all the different pieces wasn’t too difficult, however learning stagey and patience was. Over time however I came to love the game.

So what is Chess? Chess: a game for two players each of who moves 16 pieces according to fixed rules across a checkerboard and tries to checkmate the opponent’s king. Each player controls eight pawns, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, one queen and a king. The rules are fairly simple with only a few exceptions. Many players in friendly games don’t use these exceptions.

The pieces move the same no matter what; however one exception to the rule is called En Passant. En Passant is When a pawn advances two squares and there is an opponent’s pawn on an adjacent file next to its destination square, then the opponent’s pawn can capture it en passant (in passing), and move to the square the pawn passed over. However, this can only be done on the very next move, or the right to do so is lost.

Even though there are not a lot of rules, there are a lot of variations of Chess. Many variations are as simple as different chess pieces. However there are such variations as Xiangqi and Shogi. With over two thousand variations it’s easy to see why the game is so popular.

Chess has many different things about it that make it fun for different people. There is the one on one competition to it. You and your opponent must out move and out think one another. For people with a competitive spirit this quit fun. The level of thinking involved would surprise most people. Many think that chess is too hard to learn and understand, however any one can play chess and not worry about deep strategies. Another fun part about chess is the pieces and board. With so many different variations of chess it is easy to find a board and pieces you like. From Star Trek, Fantasy, Marble, Wood and everything in between, one can rarely have a hard time finding chess set to match their interest.

If you are not a chess player and want to become one, pick up a set for twenty dollars or less, grab a friend and get ready to play a game that will entertain you and could become a favorite for you as well.


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