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The History of Chess

The History of Chess

The earliest known inspiration for chess originated in India. It was dated to have emerged before the 6th century. It quickly spread to Persia then through Europe. There were many eras, including the Romantic, Hypermodern, Scientific, and New Dynamism eras. The first recorded game was in a 10th-century manuscript. Chess quickly became popular, and the first World Chess Championship ran in 1886. In the 20th century, we saw many accomplishments. The World Chess Federation was created in this century, and in 1997 the first computer beat a chess champion.

From day one, the rules of chess changed. The game board at one time was 100 squares big. Hundreds of years later, it involved the board we know today. In the early 1300s, some of the rules we recognize today are finally emerging. This era is when pawns were allowed to move two spaces on their first move. However, it took 300 more years to become the standard. The rules changed rapidly until roughly the late 19th century. Before then, pieces were added and removed, pieces were given new directional rules, and there was a lack of some of the most recognizable moves of today, for example, castling.

The style of the game was always an important component. Pieces originally started as carved animals and evolved to what we know today. It was not uncommon to have pieces carved of rare minerals and studded with semi-precious and precious gems. The standards for pieces were patented in 1849 by Nathanial Cook. Today only sets based on the endorsed versions of this design can be used in international competitions. With that being said, games today can be customized to the player's preferences. Simple, ornate, basic, themed, original, new, even custom made like on our site, and many other styles exist today.

This game has lasted for hundreds of years, and I'm sure it will last for hundreds more. A recent resurgence has been found due to the release of Netflix’s show The Queens Gambit. Strategy books, boards, and related items have been flying off the shelves. This is a game that ebbs and flows but never falls from grace.


Sources:

https://www.britannica.com/topic/chess/History

https://www.chess.com/article/view/history-of-chess

Game Nights: Age vs Game Selection...

Game Nights: Age vs Game Selection...

Children these days are addicted to technology. Cute cartoons, bright and colorful phone games and even developmental toys could have technological components. At a time in which we are stuck at home, they can be a lifesaver. However, occasionally it’s nice to unwind with a board game. Sadly, a lot of children are not adept with games or may get bored. That’s why I came up with this shortlist of games. These will help you play from toddler to teen and engage your child.

Toddlers:

These are going to be games that are easy to explain verbally and eye-catching. This category includes classic games like Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Uno, and checkers. This age is where you can also play interactive games like the Elefun elephant, where you chase butterflies through the air, or a fishing game where you use a magnetic rod to hook fish from aboard. These help kids learn colors, listen to instructions, develop hand-eye coordination, and learn the fun of physical games.

Young School-Aged:

Young children will enjoy games like dominoes, Mouse Trap, Life, and even Monopoly or Chess. These games will be focusing on basic strategy, more complex instruction following, language development, and early math skills. For example, at the start of playing dominoes, a kid may only play based on matching the colors. As they get older, they will begin actively counting and matching based on the number of dots. Games like Guess Who help with deduction skills. Monopoly and Life can help with early addition and subtraction. And games like chess can help kids learn to plan and thinking ahead with their actions.

Middle School:

At this point, you can start getting into more complicated board games. Things like cribbage, Phase 10, and Scrabble. Kids now have math and reading abilities. They can play most games and can understand a lot of instructions. You can also play more abstract games that younger kids may not be able to understand.

Teenagers:

This age is one of the most exciting times for board games. Teenagers are ready for almost any game you can throw at them. Games like Catan, Stone Age, Chess, cribbage, and even story-based games like D&D are now available to play. Teenagers can strategize, plan, read, write, do arithmetic, and compete with adults. This time is when the real competition arrives, and every game is a desperate battle to win. Whether a game of chance like cards or a strategy game like Catan; it will be fun for the whole family.

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