I'm sure everyone has at one time or another heard that familiar and dreaded word "checkmate". It simply means you've lost at a game called chess. Chess has become a classic household game that people have been playing for a long time. I personally don't play chess very often, but I do enjoy the thought and strategy you have to put into playing such an intriguing, and sometimes complicated, game.
The game of chess has been around since before the 6th century A.D., where it started in India. The game then became popular in Persia where the royalty would be required to learn the game and play it well as part of their education.
From there it went to Russia and eventually to the rest of Europe. In the 19th century, chess became popular in coffee houses all over the civilized world. The most famous being in London and Paris.
Chess is now a sport and there are tournaments all over the world that people come to compete in.
I've always thought chess was such a smart and glamorous game. The "elite" of board games, if you will.
What's your take on chess? Do you enjoy a good game every once in a while?
I would love to be playing chess in one of these pictures... so elegant and chic.
And thank you all so much for the sweet messages you sent me while I was away! I had a great time and I'm glad to be back blogging.