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Excavations at a burial site in south-east Turkey have revealed a set of 49 sculpted pieces that may once have been used in board games. They are among the oldest evidence of such games ever found.

Sağlamtimur, from Ege university in Izmir, Turkey discussed the finds at the annual International Symposium of Excavations, Surveys and Archaeometry in the Turkish city of Muğla. He thinks the pieces belong to some complicated chess-like game. His team now hopes to work out the strategies that the game must have involved.

Not so fast, says Ulrich Schädler, director of the Swiss Museum of Games in La Tour-de-Peilz. “Do the objects really all belong to one game? I would answer no,” he told New Scientist. “We don’t have the slightest trace of a board game using more than two different kinds of pieces before chess.” Early forms of chess were not played until about 1500 years ago. Read the entire article here.

Chess is believed to have first originated in Eastern India known as Chaturanga. The game spread from India to Persia and after the Islamic conquering of the Persian empire it was adopted by them and spread even further afield with it’s name changed to shatranj. The Islamic world then spread chess throughout Europe and then to Russia. On this link you can read more about the history of ancient games relating to chess.

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Image: Wikipedia – Shatranj

Senet was played between 1550-1069 BC in Egypt. In the next image you can see a painting on the wall of Queen Nefertari’s tomb depicting her playing the game in the afterlife. 

You can download this file for  the rules of Senet

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Image source here.

This game in the above image has been found painted on the funeral tombs of the rich and which shows a lion and an antelope playing the game of Senet.

According to the British Museum, it’s a scene from a satirical papyrus, possibly from Thebes, the Late New Kingdom, around 1100 BC.

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I hope you make out my ‘collage.’ I will also call it: ‘The Endless Game.’ Here is the original on the site of the LoC.

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This is all about a  beautiful style of art called: ‘Fore-Edge painting’. I didn’t know about this kind of art. What you see in this above image, is the edges of the pages of this chess book. It’s amazing! See also the video clip.

Resource: Please click here to view the resource on the site of  Boston’s Public Library. 

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Chess Personality

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Masterminds seek to master both their own emotions and to impose their reality on the chessboard. A Mastermind always seeks the right move, and believes that attacking is the right way. Typically choosing sharp openings, Masterminds win with fantastically deep calculations, producing combinations which are deeply hidden in correctly built-up positions. Masterminds thrive in complicated positions, where their accurate calculating ability and iron nerves give them the advantage.

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Alexander Alekhine is a Mastermind

Alexander Alekhine (1892-1946), the fourth world champion, was a true Mastermind. One of the greatest attacking players ever, Alekhine could produce spectacular combinations from positions which seemed to promise no such thing. His calculation ability was phenomenal, and his combinations often included deadly and unexpected surprises at the end of a series of obvious moves: the famous “sting of the scorpion’s tail”. Most important was his ability to build up an attacking position and create complications without taking undue risks himself. Alekhine held the world championship from 1927 until 1935, when he lost a match to Max Euwe, and then from 1937 (after beating Euwe in the return match) until his death in 1946.

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I was intrigued when I was sent this link on Twitter. I quite liked the questions, as there are a few chess problems to look at and to work through, not the normal options where you choose either a, b or c. According to the link, my play is similar to Alekhine’s play. Hmmmm… what do you think of the test? Take the test and let me know. Do you trust it? Some of my chess opponents had said to me that I’m an aggressive player, but not really sure if I am that kind of player. I know I like to attack, whenever I can, but only if I know I can benefit from it, depending on my position and I do like complicated positions. The scale on the above image was different. I navigated away from the link and when I returned, aggressive and calm was also on the end of the scale. My original setting was slightly to the right, more to ‘solid‘ and the same for ‘calm’. I wonder what my chess friend in South Korea is thinking, or Dan, my other chess friend? Eugene doesn’t want to play me, he is scared of me… hehe

Click HERE to take the Chess Personality ‘Test’.

Happy New Year

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I’ve been playing around – as you can see. Happy New Year to you all! May 2014 be the best year ever. I do pray for peace all over the world and for those with evil minds – to poach more rhinos – will come to their senses – and all other evil-minded people too. I wish for a ‘fresh start’ for all countries and people and to bury their differences and live in peace and harmony.

1898 Chess

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Please click HERE to view the image by emmyeustace  on Flickr.

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