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  By Bruno Mendez
                     Chess
   Chess is a board game played between two
    players. It is played on a chessboard, which is a
    square-checkered board with 64 squares
    arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. At the start,
    each player controls sixteen pieces: one king,
    one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops,
    and eight pawns. The object of the game is to
    checkmate the opponent's king, whereby the
    king is under immediate attack (in "check") and
    there is no way to remove or defend it from
    attack on the next move.
                     History
   Chess was played many centuries ago in China,
    India, and Persia. No one really knows for sure
    in which country it originated. Then, in the
    eighth century, armies of Arabs known as Moors
    invaded Persia. The Moors learned chess from
    the Persians. When the Moors later invaded
    Spain, the soldiers brought the game of chess
    with them. Soon the Spanish were playing
    chess, too. From Spain, chess quickly spread
    throughout all of Europe.
                   Strategy

   Chess requires lots of strategized thinking.
    It is the first thing you are taught when
    learning chess; To think thoroughly before
    you make a move. Your moves will either
    create a weakness on your side or your
    opponents’ or it will be used to defend
    your camp or attack the opponent.
            Why I got into Chess
   I was introduced to chess by my father as a kid, and
    although I enjoyed it, it never became much more than
    just a board game. Later towards the end of my senior
    high school year, I was introduced to it again by my
    cousin and this time he was patient enough to make me
    understand that chess is much more than a board game.
    I started looking at it different and shortly started
    reading books on it which eventually led me into joining
    rated tournaments. It became a very competitive hobby
    for me and truly enjoyed it. Also, the fact that I was
    sort of good at it made it even better. I won a few local
    tournaments and attended several chess clubs to
    compete against different players.
                      Diversity
   Chess is an extremely diverse game. Its
    diversity is expressed in every way. The pieces,
    the moves each piece is allowed to do, its
    players. You have homeless guys beating
    engineers, physicists, chemists and scientists or
    vice-versa. Chess is a game for everyone, some
    professionals want to get computers involved or
    try to get the game “figured out” but none have
    been able to do it. I believe it is this attribute of
    the game that makes it so unique.
                 Conclusion
   To conclude, I would like to say that
    Chess remains to be the most interesting
    hobby I ever practiced although lately I
    have gotten away from it because of lack
    of time due to school and work. However,
    I plan and in fact I have promised to
    myself that once I graduate I will get back
    to chess and sign up for the next US team
    tournament.

				
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