Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 68. Chapters: Chess, Go, Scrabble, Contract bridge, Xiangqi, Backgammon, Skat, Draughts, English draughts, Abstract strategy game, Mind sport, Score Four. Excerpt: Chess is a two-player board game played on a chessboard, a square-checkered board with 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 grid. Each player begins the game with sixteen pieces: One king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns. Pieces move in different ways according to their type, and accordingly are used to attack and capture the opponent's pieces. The object of the game is to checkmate the opponent's king by placing it under threat of capture ("check") which cannot be avoided. In addition to checkmate, the game can be won by the voluntary resignation of one's opponent, which may occur when too much material is lost, or if checkmate appears unavoidable. A game may result in a draw in several ways, and neither player wins. Chess is one of the world's most popular games, played by millions of people worldwide at home, in clubs, online, by correspondence, and in tournaments. There are many chess variants that have different rules, different pieces, and different boards. In point of origin, in resemblance and in game theory chess is closely related to several Asian board games also played by millions, resulting in the game discussed by this article sometimes being termed "Western chess" or "International chess". The play of the game is loosely divided into three phases, although the game may end decisively or as a draw in any phase. The beginning of a game of chess is called the opening, in which the purpose is the development of pieces - moving them from the fixed starting position to squares where they can be most effective. The openings are well studied, and opening theory in some lines of play has been worked out to twenty-five or thirty moves or m...
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