117 ( +1 | -1 ) History of Chesswhy is a *female* piece the most powerful one on the chessboard??? while the king so seldom is used as an attacking force?? is it because women are such energetic houseworkers?? while men like to take advantage of having a sucker to do chores for them by relaxing on a couch, watching tv and drinking beer? i think i understand why you can lose your queen without losing the game in chess, though. it must be because a good house depends on its man, the guy who earns its money. without the man, there is no logical way for the house and its people to be supported. so once the man is defeated, once the king is checkmated, everything is over.
really though...... does anyone know why the pieces move the way they do? or why they have the powers they do? any history behind any of this? i know chess is thought to or known to have originated in india....... but why are there knights? big castle tunnexes? pawns? bishops? and everything else? i love the idea of war too, and the military. with two opposing armies facing off against each other..... attacking one another or maintaining strong structures without weak points. and then you can go on and talk about surprise attacks, planning, and all that fun stuff. chess is so great!
39 ( +1 | -1 ) The piece standing next to the King in the centre has not always been the Queen. In mediaeval chess (which was similar to the Arab game), it was a Vizier (or minister), who moved in the same way as the King. How the Vizier was suddenly transformed into a Queen and given vastly increased power is disputed. The only area of agreement is that it happened some time during the 14th Century.
30 ( +1 | -1 ) Sorry,PhilaretusBut it was the 15th Century,not the 14th when the changes were made.The first known game with the new rules was played c.1485,and can be found in either the Oxford Encyclopedia of Chess Games,or in Wellmuth's Golden Treasury of Chess,one of the most beautiful games collections ever put together.
85 ( +1 | -1 ) chess history -India.The word chess itself is supposed to have been derived from the Sanskrit (ancient Indian language) word "chausa" .Then the rules were the same..The castle , I think was the elephant -slow ,predictable movement but powerful to stop (ever handled doubled up rooks?), the horse was the horse 'cos it could jump over other units.. the bishop was the camel.. and the modern day "Queen" was the commander or "vizier" of the army... certainly much more apt name 'cos he is the general... and hence the most powerful on the battlefield. Ofcourse, Persian and Arab variations might have different names for pieces.. There is no mention of the Queen anywhere..so I guess I'll go with skeeterss0 on that one.!! -- knightwolf