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June 11, 2007

Alert of Chess Computer and Chess Clock New Blogs

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 10:15 pm


Hey - at last - two blogs dedicated to Chess Computers and chess clocks - the site chesscomputer.co.uk and chessclock.co.uk. In retail terms - for any chess retail site, chess computers have become a major factor in sales - particularly at Christmas - they appear to be a great pressy. The major there manufacturers are Saitek, Excalibur and Novag - all produce models that are strong in their software and have many useful features (see this pick of the best at Squidoo chess computers). The other blog deals with chess timers, chess clocks are much lower in volume but are in steady demand.

The History of Chess

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 9:03 am

Chess is said to be one of the oldest games of skill known to man. Some historians claim that the history and origin of chess can be traced down to as early as the 2nd century, and its country of origin to be China. In China, at that time people were playing a game very similar to chess called Xiangqi. Yet others think that chess (played very similar to what we know today) originated in India around 6th century where it was played as Chataranga (in Sanskrit).

Mention about the game was found at the same time in Persia where it was known by the name of Shatranj (very similar to the Indian name, Chataranga). Documented evidence of the game is found around the 7th century where there is clear mention about the description of the chess pieces – though not exactly as we know them today. First the game spread across Asia; in Japan it was called Shogi, in China Xiangqi, and in Persia Shatranj.

In the mid 9th century the chess game navigated to Europe, most like through invasions by Persian and other Moslem armies. There the name of the chess had been altered to Shah (King in Persian) alluding to the game rules, as we know them today. By 10th century the game of chess was well known all over Europe.


June 5, 2007

Lighten Up - Chess is Fun

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 11:03 am

chess for kids      chess for schools

Two sites that promote chess for schools and chess for kids are these on Geocities that have serious information - substantial comment and authority but presented in the form of humour. As an example for schools: “The last five decades has yielded scientific research into the benefits of chess for children and has been dramatically documented and presented to school commitees and groups globally.” Heringer talks about his experience with his son who had great difficulty reading. Chess analysis helped his son distinguish elements of words such that reading skill followed.

In the chess for kids site - the site highlights how psychologist Adrian de Groot demonstrated that the success factor for chess Grandmasters was to recognise ‘chunks’ of information - positions on the board that could be assimilated in just 5 seconds. This leads to the concept of using chess as a mental development tool.

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