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Posted on Jan 6th, 2022

Chess clubs are great opportunities to play and learn.  Established players can compete against each other, but the most fun is when we can teach new players the basics and watch them improve. 
Chess is a great and noble game.  Precursors to chess originated in India. In its early form in the 7th century CE it was known as chaturaá¹…ga, which translates to "four divisions (of the military)": infantry, cavalry, elephantry, and chariotry.  These forms are represented by the pieces that would evolve into the modern pawn, knight, bishop, and rook, respectively.
Chess was introduced to Persia from India and became a part of the education of Persian nobility.   The game was taken up by the Muslim world after the early Arab Muslims conquered the Sassanid Empire.  The first known chessmen in Western Europe were ornamental chess kings brought in as curios by Muslim traders.  The game reached Western Europe and Russia by at least three routes, the earliest being in the 9th century. 
The game was developed extensively in Europe. By the late 15th century, it had survived a series of prohibitions and Christian Church sanctions to almost take the shape of the modern game.  Modern history saw reliable reference works, competitive chess tournaments, and exciting new variants. These factors added to the game's popularity.  What a game!

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