How to Play Chess
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Welcome to the wonderful world of chess!! Chess is a fascinating activity enjoyed by millions across the globe and has been played for more than 1400 years. You may ask, "Why do people like chess so much… isn't chess boring?" Not at all!! Some are attracted to the excitement of combat occurring between the chess armies on the board. For me it was because of the mental challenge and yes, the excitement! I attended a large Chicago public high school with 100 trash-talking players in the chess club so it was easy to get excited.

To the uninitiated, chess seems to lack action, but this is not the case at all. Most sports emphasize physical movement and scoring points in some fashion. In chess, there is no tallying of points during the game, but the object of the game is to attack and trap the opponent's king such that it cannot escape danger or
"checkmate." Scoring in chess is based on one of three results: win (1 point), draw (˝ point), and loss (0 points).

Dr. Daaim Shabazz

Chess has helped me in many
facets of my life.

Chess is not very hard to learn. After being amazed at two friends playing at night under a lamp, the next morning I picked up an encyclopedia and began learning the moves. It only takes a few  hours learning the rules properly. What's a few measly hours in exchange for a lifetime of enjoyment? Chess is unique combination of warfare, art, science, and sport making it enjoyable for people of all ages, ethnic and social backgrounds, and personalities.  Contrary to the media's erroneous  "nerd" image of chess players, there is no set profile… not even close. Whether you're new to chess and would like to learn how to play, or you already know the rules and would like to learn more, please study the lessons below and at The Chess Academy. Become part of a tradition enjoyed by millions and millions. Enjoy!!!

Dr. Daaim Shabazz, The Chess Drum

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