CHESS HAS BEEN PLAYED BY GREAT MEN AND WOMEN FOR OVER A THOUSAND YEARS
The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise dating from the 5th century BC. Attributed to the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu – "Master Sun", the text is composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare. This book was written at about the same time chess appeared and can be seen as a corollary to the game or visa versa. The reading of this book and the playing of chess have gone hand in hand with those who have ruled our world throughout history, and it goes without saying that if you want to be a leader in any field or any endeavour you need to learn the game and the lessons inherent in it. Even if you don't want to be a leader you don't want to be led astray and chess strategy will ensure you are not!
The history of chess
The most commonly held belief is that chess originated in India, where it was called Chaturanga, which appears to have been invented in the 6th century AD. Although this is commonly believed, it is thought that Persians created a more modern version of the game after the Indians. Since then it has developed in unison with mankind (womankind too), having and influence on social and political thought and philosophy to this day.