What’s not to love about chess? There is adventure, strategy, guile and a rich cast of characters. Consider the knight, for instance. It can hop, skip and jump, so much so that the king and queen at once would be in its crosshairs, were it to lay its trap. Or the rook, more like a battering ram, sparing nothing in its path. If you love diagonals, then there is the bishop, one for each square, black or white. And how about the humble pawn? Small, unassuming and unnoticed, only until it reaches the enemy lines after which it is ready to charge, wreaking havoc on a zealously guarded king. To think that all this action takes place over 64 tiny squares, ah! There are few such joys.
Arjun Sidharth, Assistant Professor, Unitedworld School of Liberal Arts and Mass Communication
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