Chess is one of the popular indoor games played by people all over the world. This game is considered to be played from the times of kings and it is considered as the game for intelligent people. Though popular, the history and origin of the game is still unclear. There are lots of disputes and debates about the chess’s origin of place. However, most people agree that this game is not invented by a single person. The game of chess gained huge popularity in the year 1886, when the Wilhelm Steinitz become the official chess game.
One legend says chess was invented by a wise man, in India, who wants to make the King (Shihram) realize the importance of every citizen. He invented the game in such a manner that it consists of King, queen, rooks, bishops and pawns. The King liked the game and he rewarded the wise man with lots of wealth. The King also asked everyone in his kingdom to play this game. The wise man also asked the King to fill the first square with one grain of wheat and the next square with two, and the double the amount till he fills all the squares. Though the King was first offended, he ordered his servants to oblige the wise men’s order. However, the servants replied that there was no enough quantity of wheat available to fill all the squares. This made the King understand that just like pawns, no one should be underestimated in life.
Another history of chess was portrayed by a man named – H. J. R. Murray, in the book “A History of Chess”. This book was released in the year 1913 and it is very popular at that time. According to Murray, the chess game was first invented in North India and then traveled to Persia, from where it is spread all over the Asian continent. In those days, the chess was played by the nobles in the courtyard of India or Persia. The words like “Shah (King) Mat” was used in the gameplay. This word is similar to check or checkmate, which is often used in a modern chess game. He also tells how the chess made its way to European countries before it transformed to the modern chess.
Apart from the Indian link, the game also has a story with Chinese roots. There are also people, who believe that chess was first invented in China. The legend says that a Chinese commander called Hán Xin created this game to depict a battle. The game was forgotten after the famous battle and it again surfaced in 7th century A.D.
The game made it transformations till the 15th century. At times, it was prohibited and also sanctioned by the Christian churches. The modern chess game into its shape in 1880’s, which is referred as the romantic era of Chess. With concrete rules, this game gained more popularity. Today, you can play the Chess in form of online too. There are many websites where you can find online chess. There are also chess competitions conducted via online.
If you have just started playing the game of chess, you will want chess sets that will last for a long time. Usually the more expensive the set, the longer it will last. Do you want a set that you will play on extensively or one for decoration such as collector sets? How you use the set will basically determine how much you want to spend on it. The sets in use today havent changed much from past times. Shop around and enjoy some of the different and beautifully designed chess sets in the world today. You are bound to find that set that is right for you.
A complete line of chess sets and chess pieces, from small travel and analysis sets to large patio chess pieces. You can find tournament sets, both wood and plastic, or decorative and themed chess pieces for play or display.
You will find here sets made from all kinds of material, and in any style imaginable.
Revelation II with Ebony Pieces Luxury Wooden Chess Set and Integrated Chess Computer
Play against the strongest chess programs. Play at a real wooden board and pieces. Analyze your games using famous world class chess engines. Play against internet opponents. Broadcast your games live via the internet. Optional Emulation Retro Engines.
ChessCentral now offers the new French Knight design pieces at a very conservative price. This Staunton pattern wooden set comes with a 3 inch King.
The board is a perfect matching size of 1.5 inch squares. The board has a veneer top of Ebony and Maple and is 14″ x 14″. Truly a beautiful board to accent your new French Knight pieces. You won’t find a nicer wooden set and board at this price!
Tournament Chess Set
Tournament Chess Set – Deluxe. 34 piece triple weighted Staunton plastic chess pieces (2 extra Queens!) * Tear-Resistant Vinyl roll-up board in your choice of colors * Chess Tote made of durable canvas to carry your set * Includes the Timekeeper Quartz clock * Great starter set for kids and adults!
Strato 3D Chess
trato 3D Chess. Strato Chess offers a challenge not to be found in the traditional game of chess. Here, you play in three dimensions instead of two. Each player must think of the game in terms of left and right, forward and back, as well as up and down, as the pieces are suspended along three planes of space. Players risk being attacked from above and below as well as from the traditional two dimensions. Strato Chess is three times the challenge for any chess lover. It will put your powers of concentration to the real test! Board is 10.5″ high and made of brushed aluminum with black and clear playing surfaces. Chess boards are 8″x8″. Take your chess game to the third dimension!
Quality Giant Chess Set
The giant chess pieces and board is perfect for playing chess outdoors, in your garden, sandy beach and playground. Made with all weather plastic that resists heat, cold and the elements.
African Chess Sets
African chess sets can be the perfect gift. They are usually made from resin, exotic wood, or crushed marble. The sets often represent an animal that is native to the country. Most don’t play on them, but keep them as a collector’s item. The animals that inhabit Africa are usually made in great detail in the chess sets.
Standard Walnut Chess Board Packages
These complete chess set packages include a set of and our high quality Staunton chessmen and Standard Walnut and Maple Chess Board. Black chess pieces create a nice contrast with this chess board while the color of golden rosewood chessmen are a perfect color match with the walnut. Select from a wide range of models and sizes to fit anyone’s taste and budget.