The game we call Chess goes so far back into the murky dimness of history that no one is really sure about the specifics of its origin. But scholars generally believe that it originated in what are now Northern India and Afghanistan. The oldest written reference to the game is circa 600 in India. But this game was not the modern day game we know. This version of the game had pieces representing elephants, infantry, cavalry and boatmen, all commanded by a Rajah. There is evidence that it was played on a board similar to the one used today, a board of 64 squares of alternating colors.
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When playing on a team, it’s important to have chemistry with the other members of your team. Knowing each other’s style of play and continually encouraging one another is important. I experienced this in the Australian Schools Teams Championships, as well as other international events.
The Guioco Pianissimo is a more solid variation of the Guioco Piano. It is really just an opening that is ideal for developing your pieces and not much else. There really is no way to create a strong attack right out of the opening because of the fact that white’s most active piece, the bishop on c4 can be neutralized by Be6. Still this opening remains very popular with beginners because it is very natural and easy to memorize.
That well-known Max Lange brilliancy was included on, for instance, pages 10-12 of The King-Hunt by W.H. Cozens (London, 1970), where Black was identified as von Schierstedt and the heading was ‘Exhibition Game, about 1856′. Various anything-will-do databases state – categorically, of course – either 1856 or 1857, without any venue, but when Max Lange himself annotated the game on pages 112-115 of his book Sammlung Neuer Schachpartien (Leipzig, 1857) he gave Black’s name as Herr von Schierstedt, with the information ‘gespielt zu Wörmlitz am 1. März 1855′.
To revert to the first quote above, the claim about Stuart Dill’s supposed discovery is inexplicable, as the Havana, 1913 book was already well known before the Ishi hash. The original Cuban edition has been reprinted in recent years by Moravian Chess (undated). In 1978 a reset Spanish version was published by Radio Rebelde, Havana. In addition to the 1976 English translation by Edward Invierno, there is an Italian edition, by Piero Angelini and Maurizio Martelli (Rome, 2003).
Acharya says, It is far easier to train a boxer or a martial arts person to play chess than work the other way around.” He is the rare person, straight out of Enki Bilal’s imagination, to have played both chess and boxing at the state-level; he has represented Rajasthan in the welterweight division in boxing, and at the junior level in chess. It is also worth remembering that the chess required in this ‘sport’ is ‘speed chess’, not the regular kind that is strategised and played over hours.