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Chess is commonly considered the "king" of strategic board games. The name roots in the persian word for King - Shah. It is a game played by two players where all information available is visible for both players at all times. It is a game of skill, not one of luck, and the winner will always be the one who played according to the best strategy at the given moment (tactics). Theoretically they say there must be an optimal strategy to chess, but if that is true, it is still unknown.

Board, pawns and patterns

The chess board is initially always arranged the same way and each pawn can only be moved in a specific pattern, yet there are bllions of ways to play. There are 64 squares on a chess board with 32 pawns - half of which are black and half which are white. The player with the white pawns always starts the game. For more information on pawns, moves and patterns, take a look here.

For children

Research shows that chess improves children's thinking and problem-solving skills as well as their math and reading test scores. That's quite a number of benefits! On an even more positive note, they usually also really enjoy it! Along with a habit of reading to and with your children from a young age, letting them learn how to play chess, and then play regularly, will be one of the best parenting choices you will probably make.


Talent vs. practice

Being a game of tactics and strategy, obviously, some people will have more of a flair for chess than others. With that being said, talent is far from the only important thing.

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Talent might take you far initially, but it is study, devotion, experience and patience that will make you a great chess player.