A board game of strategic skill for two players, played on a chequered board on which each playing piece is moved according to precise rules. The object is to put the opponent’s king under a direct attack from which escape is impossible.
The Rules of Chess
The King may move one square in any direction, so long as no piece is blocking his path. …
The Queen may move any number of squares straight or diagonally in any direction.
Rooks move horizontally or vertically any number of squares.
Bishops move diagonally any number of squares.
Knights move in an ‘L’ shape’: two squares in a horizontal or vertical direction, then move one square horizontally or vertically. They are the only piece able to jump over other pieces.
Pawns move vertically forward one square, with the option to move two squares if they have not yet moved.
History of chess:
The game originated in northern India in the 6th century AD and spread to Persia. When the Arabs conquered Persia, chess was taken up by the Muslim world and subsequently, through the Moorish conquest of Spain, spread to Southern Europe.
The list of top 10 active players
1. Viswanathan Anand
2. Vidit Gujrathi
3. Harikrishna Pentala
4. Baskaran Adhiban
5. Krishnan Sasikiran
6. S. P. Sethuraman
7. Chithambaram Aravindh
8. Parimarjan Negi
9. Surya Shekhar Ganguly
10. Nihal Sarin