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The Chess pieces, when the game was originally conceived in India, were all based on war elements. Infantry and calvary, elephants and chariots were all represented by pieces much like Pawns, Knights, Bishops, and Rooks. These pieces played out the game, trying to gain dominance over the other player’s army. As the game spread to Eastern Asia, the pieces changed somewhat but still kept a military theme. The most importance piece at this stage, instead of being called the King, was usually referred to as the General. Even when the game eventually moved to Europe, the game did not catch on until the pieces were redesigned with a court-like theme instead of the popular military one.
The game leaped out of the pages because of another playful European, Iepe Rubingh Rubingh is a Dutch performance artist, and has spent 10 days in a Japanese jail for blocking intersections and creating massive traffic jams in aid of his art. He organised and played in the first chessboxing match in 2003 in an Amsterdam art gallery as performance art. Today, Rubingh is the president of the World Chess Boxing Organization (WCBO) , based out of Berlin.
Position – if you have many mobile (unblocked) pieces targeting at many strategic squares, and your opponent has blocked pieces, like bishops blocked by pawns or undeveloped rooks in the corner, you can plan a strategy to either capture more pieces or aim for a checkmate.
Online gaming has become so popular that it is an essential part of many social networking sites where meeting people and making friends over a board of chess or a game of football has become a favourite pastime. Playing against an experienced, champion in the game can be a valuable lesson in picking up expert advice to improve strategies of the game. Playing against another person from another part of the world can initiate a sort of mouse-pal ship” with meaningful exchanges of cultural information as well!!!
The first diagram (Introduction, page 9) gives the source of Réti’s most famous endgame study as ‘Kagan’s Neueste Schachnachrichten, 1921′, a mistake also found, for instance, on page 61 of Réti’s Best Games of Chess by Harry Golombek (London, 1954).