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Chess is a two-player board game. Distinguished from similar games like xiangqi and shogi, it is occasionally referred to as Western chess or international chess.
After developing from chaturanga, a closely related but much earlier game of Indian origin, the modern version of the game first appeared in Spain and the rest of Southern Europe in the second half of the 15th century.
Chess is one of the most played games in the world today, with millions of players. Chess is an abstract game of strategy with no secret information. A 64-square chessboard with an eight-by-eight grid is used to play it.
Each player starts with sixteen pieces—a king, a queen, two rooks, two bishops, two knights, and eight pawns—controlling the white pieces and the black pieces, respectively.
Vishwanathan Anand is the chess master of India and is considered the No. 1 chess player in India. Arjun Erigaisi, Gukesh D, Pentala Harikrishna, etc. are among the other top prominent chess players of India.
The goal of the game is to checkmate your opponent's king, which means that it is immediately under attack and has no ability to flee (also known as "in check"). A game might also conclude in a draw in a number of other ways.
Chess tournaments first started in the 19th century. FIDE currently oversees international chess competitions (International Chess Federation). The FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Échecs), the game's global regulatory organization, publishes the rules of chess in its Handbook.