This term our class have been lucky to have Alan visit us for a lesson each week to teach us about Chess.
Chess is a two player strategy board game played on a checkered game board with 64 squares arranged in an 8 by 8 grid. It was thought to be the first ever game that was played on a board with squares that had different types of pieces.
The game originated in Northern India in the 6th century AD. Back then it was called Chaturanga which translates to “four divisions” which is in reference to the four divisions of the military. Below is a list of the chess pieces and what their original names were:
Original Name Current Name
The first World Chess Championship was held in 1886 and was won by an Austrian called Wilhelm Steinitz.
Our first session with Alan involved him explaining the moves each chess piece can make and where they begin on the board. From there he demonstrated some strategies that are used when playing. Mrs Baldwin was extremely impressed of the knowledge that most students had, especially with the strategy moves!
Alan and Mrs Baldwin have also signed us up to the website Chesskid where we can practice the game against each other anytime we want. In our computing lesson we decided to try it out and it was a lot of fun playing against each other and also students from around the world!
Check out more information about how to play chess by watching this video!