one of the oldest and most popular board games, played by two opponents on
a checkered board with specially designed pieces of contrasting colours,
commonly white and black. White moves first, after which the players alternate
turns in accordance with fixed rules, each player attempting to force the
opponent's principal piece, the King, into checkmate-a position...
This game of kings exists for a long long time. The chess game is
a good opportunity to spend a couple of hours in bloodless
battles with your friend.
If you know how each figure moves, you can essentially play chess. Of course
you can study endless volumes about chess theory written all over the world,
or you can learn to play with the help of our "Mobile Chess", which plays
at 5 skill levels.
Play right now! The chess will help you to get rid of everyday stress;
while playing you will be able to relax, refill yourself with energy,
cheer you up to return to our aggressive world.
If you are a beginner - don't be desperate - at any moment our program
can give you an advice which move to make.
Download the game for your mobile, you can now perfect your skill
whenever you want.
You are traveling and would like to play chess with you vis-à-vis - but
where can you get the board? The two-players mode is provided in our
program. Defend, attack - win!
In the main menu you can choose your color and
the skill level of the program. Remember that the higher
level you choose, the longer time you wait for the move
of the phone.
You can switch on the vibroalarm of the made move in the main menu
If you want to play with your friend, but there is no board in the way, than
choose the item "Two players" in the main menu.
If you are a beginner and you need an advice, then press the right soft button
to get to the menu, and select the item "Hint". The program will then
analyse the game situation (at the same skill level as program plays) and will
give the variants of possible moves in the right lower corner.
During the game you can navigate through the list of the made moves with the help
of keys "3" and "9".
Soon very soon a series of matches between our chess engine
against the well-known chess playing program "Chessmaster" from
Gameloft will take place. The results of the matches and the games
themselves will be presented to your attention.
Played throughout the civilized world, chess has fascinated people for centuries.
Though it dates to antiquity (some researchers believe terra cotta pieces
excavated from Mesopotamia of 6,000 BC were used in chess), there is debate
as to which culture its origins should be credited. A Dominican Friar from
Italy wrote a chess treatise in the Middle Ages. Its 1474 translation by
Englishman William Caxton standardized play for a short time, but it was not
until international play of the next century that rules were widely agreed
upon. A Syrian, Philip Stamma, acclaimed as the pioneer of modern chess
technique, helped popularize the game in the middle of the 18th cent.
through publications and play that stressed strategy.
Modern Tournament Play
London was the site of the first modern international chess tournament in
1851. In officially sanctioned modern chess tournaments, players accumulate
points won at various levels and can advance toward the top designation of
grandmaster. Tournament play uses clocks to limit the time permitted for
moves, and the concentration and fatigue of a match require players to be
in good physical condition.
Outstanding players of their day who were considered world champions were:
Fran‡ois Philidor of France, 1747-95; Alexandre Deschappelles of France,
1815-20; Louis de la Bourdonnais of France, 1820-40; and Howard Staunton
of England, 1843-51. Official world champions have included: Adolph Anderssen
of Germany, 1851-58 and 1862-66; Paul C. Morphy of the United States,
1858-62; Wilhelm Steinitz of Austria, 1866-94; Emanuel Lasker of Germany,
1894-1921; Jos‚ R. Capablanca of Cuba, 1921-27; Alexander A. Alekhine of
France, 1927-35 and 1937-46; and Mikhail M. Botvinnik of the USSR, 1948-57,
1958-60, and 1961-63. Players from the USSR and Russia have dominated
international play since the late 1940s.
The 1972 World Chess Championship, held in Reykjavˇk, Iceland, between the
American Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, received unprecedented worldwide
coverage and boosted the game's popularity. The enigmatic Fischer broke the
Soviet stranglehold on the world title in a match reflective of cold war
tension. Fischer, however, forfeited the title in 1974, the first player
ever to do so, by refusing to play a championship match.
Chess's popularity was enhanced in the 1980s by championship duels between
Gary Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov. In 1993, Kasparov, who had held the world
title since 1985, broke with the International Chess Federation (FIDE), which
reinstated Karpov as champion after a playoff. Kasparov, still regarded the
best player in the world, lost a match in 1997 to the IBM computer Deep
Blue (see artificial intelligence a for a more detailed discussion of the
development of computer chess programs), which was then "retired." In 1998,
Karpov retained his championship by defeating Viswanathan Anand of India, but
relations with FIDE were further strained when Karpov refused to participate
in a 1999 tournament, which was won by the relatively unknown Russian
Aleksandr Khalifman. Despite Khalifman's claims on the FIDE championship,
by 2000 it was widely recognized that Kasparov was the world's number-one
player and that his onetime prot‚g‚, the 25-year-old Russian Vladimir
Kramnik , was ranked second. In a 2000 match Kramnik defeated Kasparov in
a 16-game match and became the world's top chess master.
Taken from http://www.encyclopedia.com/html/section/chess_history.asp