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The Game Of Chess
I’m sure you’ve heard of the game of chess but do you know all about it? There’s many people that have heard of it but have never even tried to play chess. There’s some that know a little bit and have played a little bit and then there’s some that don’t even remember it’s a game, it’s chess and a serious matter.
It's one of the few games played all over the world and is a sporting event too. If you haven't learned to play chess, you sure are missing out on a great game and we hope you’ll be encouraged to learn, play and enjoy the game of chess.
About the Game
Chess is a board game played between two players. It comprises of a checkered pattern grid of 8X8 of black and white color and has a total 64 squares.
The History of Chess
The game's history traces its origin to India somewhere around 6th to 7th century. An ancient Indian game Chaturanga is considered to be the idea behind chess, and many other strategy games. Chess then reached to Spain, during the Umayyad conquest of Hispania, the early expansion of Islam.
Board and Pieces
On the 64 squared checkered board both the players arrange their pieces on their side.
The very first row contains two rooks, one at each extreme. Followed by the knights and the bishops in a symmetrical fashion and in the center are the King and the Queen.
The second row contains eight pawns – which can only move straight unless ‘eating’ up the opposite enemy, in which case it moves one step diagonally.
Each piece has its own specific moving pattern.
Pawns- can move two steps forward while starting the game and after that only one step forward. If the opponent's piece lies diagonally to the pawn, it's position will be taken by the pawn.
Rook: can move an indefinite number of squares in four straight directions from it's square.
Knight: move in a pattern of the English letter L, sometimes also referred to as two and a half squares. Which in simple language is two squares straight and one square perpendicular to the second square
Bishop: Just like the rook, the bishop can move an indefinite number of squares in a diagonal manner such that it always remains in the same color of checks.
Queen: It is the most powerful among all the pieces. It can move same as a Rook, Bishop or as a Pawn.
Checkmate: The idea of the game is to get the opponent's king in a position from whereby any legal move it cannot save itself.
Check: A position where you can displace the opponent's king with your next legal move but the opponent still has the chance to safeguard the king.
Length Of Time
Usually, in the classical games, there's no time limit and the games can last up to seven hours.
But usually, in tournaments, a time limit is assigned to both the players and if a player runs out of that time even before the checkmate, he loses.
The Game Of Chess For Mental Health
Chess can help improve mental health and is known to be one of the few brain booster activities for children.
You can start learning the game no matter how old you are, and you sure are never going to be bored of it!
Checkers, a game Papaw taught our sons
The Game Of Checkers: All You Need to Know
The Game of Monopoly
Monopoly is a board game played with two dice, has a board marked with many locations and tasks. The player rolls the dice and then moves their chosen token the same number on the board. It's one family party game that can go on hours on end, and yet be as exciting.
Initially, it was first known as 'The Landlord's Game.' The Parker Brothers first published the Monopoly board that we see today.
The game set comes with thirty-two cards, sixteen each of Chance and Community Chest titled card types. When the player lands on a space titled Chance Or Community Chest on the board, at that time, the player has to draw the mentioned card type from the deck and follow the instructions on the card.
It is the ownership of the property, which the player buys during the game and it has associated information like the property price and mortgage charges.
You have two dices with six sides each to use in the game.
There are twelve hotels and thirty-two houses represented by plastic or wooden tiny houses and hotels.
5) Pretend Money
Post-2008 versions of the game have a total amount of $20,580 as pretend money. The standard U.S version has the following denominations $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, and $500 bills. Thirty pieces of each type are available to be used in the game. In the newer versions of the game visa debit/credit cards are also included.
Tokens are the playing pieces used in the Monopoly game. They differ depending on the edition and the year of release. The standard tokens are pewter.
How do you play Monopoly?
The idea behind the game is as its title indicates - to establish a monopoly. It is to acquire the most money, properties and to make the other players bankrupt in the game.
Players collect money as they pass GO as if they are earning an income. Players also collect rent as other, other players "visit" the spaces they have purchased. The more they own and the more houses and hotels "build" on the spaces, the more rent the other player will pay. It becomes difficult during the game to get around the game board without landing on an opponents space and paying them. Eventually, the person with the most property or best-managed properties which is developed with houses and hotels wins the game. There's also a Jail where a player can lose turns which impacts their ability to purchase properties.
Monopoly is a fun game for people of all ages. It's also an excellent game for children to enjoy and learn while they play. Monopoly is available in a junior version, card game, classic version and themed versions such as National Parks, Dog Lovers, and Disney Parks.