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Chess is a two-player board game played on a chessboard, a square-checkered board with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. It is one of the world's most popular games, played by millions of people worldwide at home, in clubs, online, by correspondence, on internet sites, mobile web and in tournaments.
Chess champions (FIDE + PCA):
Howard Staunton 1843-1851 England
Adolf Anderssen 1851-1866 Prussia
Paul Morphy 1858-1862 United States
Wilhelm Steinitz 1886-1894 Austria-Hungary
Emanuel Lasker 1894-1921 Germany
José Raúl Capablanca 1921-1927 Cuba
Alexander Alekhine 1927-1946 Russia
Max Euwe 1935-1937 Netherlands
Mikhail Botvinnik 1948-1963 Soviet Union
Vasily Smyslov 1957-1958 Soviet Union
Mikhail Tal 1960-1961 Soviet Union
Tigran Petrosian 1963-1969 Soviet Union
Boris Spassky 1969-1972 Soviet Union
Robert J. Fischer 1972-1975 United States
Anatoly Karpov 1975-1985 Soviet Union
Garry Kasparov 1985-2000 Russia
Vladimir Kramnik 2000-2007 Russia
Viswanathan Anand 2007-present India
Old Indian Defense
Four Knights Game
Queen's Gambit Accepted
Queen's Gambit Declined
Queen's Pawn Game
Queen's Indian Defense
King's Indian Defence
Other things being equal, the side that controls more space on the board has an advantage.
Control of the center is important because tactical battles often take place around the central squares, from where pieces can access most of the board. Center control allows more movement and more possibility for attack and defense.
A discovered attack is a move which allows an attack by another piece. A piece is moved away so as to allow the attack of a friendly bishop, rook or queen on an enemy piece.
A fork is a move that uses one piece to attack two or more of the opponent's pieces simultaneously, hoping to achieve material advantage, since the opponent can only counter one of the two threats.
A pin is a move which forces one of the opponent's pieces to stay put because moving it would expose a more valuable piece behind it.
A skewer is a move which attacks two pieces in a line, similar to a pin, except that the enemy piece of greater value is in front of the piece of lesser value.
Chess special moves:
Castling consists of moving the king two squares along the first rank toward a rook and then placing the rook on the last square the king has just crossed.
When a pawn advances two squares from its starting position and there is an opponent's pawn on an adjacent file next to its destination square, then the opponent's pawn can capture it in passing, and move to the square the pawn passed over.
When a pawn advances to the eighth rank, as a part of the move it is promoted and must be exchanged for the player's choice of queen, rook, bishop, or knight of the same color.
When a king is under immediate attack by one or two of the opponent's pieces, it is said to be in check. A response to a check is a legal move if it results in a position where the king is no longer under direct attack.
King, Queen, Bishop, Rook, Knight, Pawn.
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