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Is Chess The Oldest Board Game?

Guides By Andrew Hercules

Origins are difficult to determine Even for popular board games, it is hard to tell when that particular game was actually invented. Everything about any ancient board game is merely a guess. But sadly for chess, it is not the oldest board game in the world unless some ancient manuscript is uncovered to change its […]

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Is Chess A Hobby?

Is Chess A Hobby?

By Andrew Hercules

Chess can be different things to different people. One of those things is a fun hobby. So yes, chess is a hobby and so many other things as well. For most non-professional chess players, chess can be seen as a hobby as it is regularly played for enjoyment during one’s leisure time. You may bring […]

How Many Grandmasters Are There?

How Many Grandmasters Are There?

By Andrew Hercules

Currently, there are 1721 Chess Grandmasters. The title of grandmaster is awarded by the International Chess Federation (FIDE). In most cases, once you become a chess Grandmaster you will hold that title for life. However, your title can be stripped from you for rare and specific reasons, such as being caught cheating. How To Become […]

Does Chess Improve Creativity?

Does Chess Improve Creativity?

By Andrew Hercules

Chess absolutely improves a person’s ability to be creative. When people think about the skills that the game of chess can improve things like logic or focus come to mind. Although these skills are needed for the game and honed over time, so is creativity. People who participate in chess, especially those who spend a […]

Is Chess Like War?

Is Chess Like War?

By Andrew Hercules

Most people who play chess liken it to war due to the tactics, strategies and level of coordination involved. Chess evolved from the ancient game ‘Chaturanga’ which was named after a battle formation mentioned in the Indian Epic, Mahabharata. The game gained much attention, in India, during the 7th century before eventually spreading to the rest […]

How To Use Chessbase 16? Frequently Asked Questions

How To Use Chessbase 16? Frequently Asked Questions

By Andrew Hercules

If you had just bought Chessbase for the first time then you may have a bit of an issue getting acquainted with the platform. This article will help you resolve some of your questions on how to use Chessbase 16. If you haven’t purchased the software just yet then I highly recommend you check out […]

How To Become A Grandmaster In Chess

How To Become A Grandmaster In Chess

By Andrew Hercules

Opening preparations – You have to be an expert in this by understanding your variations and the relevant theories. Computational skills – Improve your computational skills, making your calculations systematic and solving the complex chess puzzles to boost your recognition of patterns. Endgame skills – Be sure to master this exceedingly by studying the core […]

Where Can I Play Chess Online For Free?

Where Can I Play Chess Online For Free?

By Andrew Hercules

Chess is a game and a sport that has gained a great deal of popularity lately. One popular TV show – The Queen’s Gambit singlehandedly brought probably tens of thousands if not more, new players into this amazing game. There’s a popular saying that chess is easy to learn but difficult to master and that is […]

Is En Passant Legal?

Is En Passant Legal?

By Andrew Hercules

Many beginner players are startled after first seeing en passant in a game of chess. The word is of French origin which translate to mean ‘in passing”. Now you may be asking “is en passant legal?” Yes, En passant is 100%  fair and legal move in chess. In the 15th century, the game was revised to […]

Can You Pass A Pawn Without Taking It?

Can You Pass A Pawn Without Taking It?

By Andrew Hercules

It’s important to understand the rules of the chess game if we wish to make any significant progress. One piece that most beginner players find difficult to learn to move are the pawns. Pawns are the soul of chess and are lined across the second rank of the board. They move only one square forward […]

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