My Favorite Hobby 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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