Friday, June 20, 2008

Where did chess begin?

Time magazine's "Games People Play" special section features current world number one, GM Vishy Anand. Here he writes about the origins of chess:

It would take me 17 years to find that route, and along the way I've had hundreds of conversations about the origins of chess — with players, fans, officials, taxi drivers, barbers and who knows how many people who sat next to me on a plane. I've heard the ownership of chess being claimed by Russians, Chinese, Ukrainians, Arabs, Iranians, Turks, Spaniards and Greeks. My own view is that the sport belongs to everybody who plays it, but the question of its origins is easy enough to answer: chess comes from India.

Read more in The Indian Defence.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hopefully Kramnik will soon deal with this person who has falsly claim his title.

Of course everybody knows chess was invented in New Zealand !