♦️THE EVOLUTION OF CHESS♦️
We know that chess existed in India at the beginning of the 7th century, and we have evidence that a form of chess existed in central Asia in the 1st century. Some people claim that the game might date back as far as the 15th century B.C.
Nobody knows exactly how old chess is. From India, chess quickly spread to Persia and thence to Arabia, where powerful rulers patronized good players in the same manner that European nobility would later patronize musicians and artists.
Chess first came to Europe when the Moors conquered Spain in the 8th century. Within a century or two, chess was being played throughout Europe, including Russia, spread by either soldiers or traders.
Whereas the countries of East Asia adapted the rules of the game and the board to local customs, Europe adopted the Muslim form of chess and played it for six centuries without change.
Then the game changed dramatically, turning chess from a stodgy game of slow advances into a game of lightning strikes and constant action.
You'll learn more about this change when we talk about the way the Queen moves.