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History of the Game

The history of chess can be traced back nearly 1500 years to its earliest known predecessor, called chaturanga, in India; its prehistory is the subject of speculation. From India it spread to Persia. Following the Arab invasion and conquest of Persia, chess was taken up by the Muslim world and subsequently spread to Spain and the rest of Southern Europe. The game evolved roughly into its current form by about 1500 CE.

Chess, as we know it today, was born out of the Indian game chaturanga before the 600s AD. The game spread throughout Asia and Europe over the coming centuries, and eventually evolved into what we know as chess around the 16th century. One of the first masters of the game was a Spanish priest named Ruy Lopez.

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Chess's Evolution

At the brink of the millienium, World Champion, Garry Kasaprov, agreed to play against Deep Blue, one of the first computer engines that had early artifical intelligence. A best of 6 games was played in 1996 where Kasparov won 4-2 and then in 1997 they played again where Deep Blue beat Kasparov 3.5 to 2.5. Was this the start of the age of the machine? At the time, many thought so. Fast forward 20 years later and now we have advanced artificial inteliigence that can beat any player in the world.
Throughtout competitive chess, the importance of playing in person without any distractions or technology on you was paramount. The idea was that you must respect your opponent by dressing professionally and making sure not to cheat. Ever since the pandemic occured in 2020, compeitive chess tournaments have gone virtual and some may remain that way.
image showing the 2020 Chess Tour Finals match between Hikaru Nakamura and Magnus Carlsen

Chess Quote of the Day: "You must take your opponent into a deep dark forest where 2+2=5, and the path leading out is only wide enough for one"-Mikhail Tal