How and where did Chess start? Was it invented in one go, or did it evolve over a period, with people adding pieces and moves as they went along? These are questions that cry out to be answered.

It probably never will be definitely answered because historic written documents from that time do not exist. There were no manuals, or they haven't survived. When first we see references to Chess in surviving European literature, it is used as an analogy for problems in other spheres, such as morality or political and military questions.

Chess has a double claim to fame. As well as being a challenging intellectual problem, the pieces have inspired great craftsmen and artists throughout the ages. Chess sets are things of beauty. The use of Chess shapes as symbols is universal. The Origins of Chess Continued.

Rare Castleford Jasperware chessmen depicting King George III and Queen Charlotte, early nineteenth century - Taken from The Illustrated Guide to World Chessmen
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