Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Chess and Variations of
Chess has always been a fascinating game. It has a long history, with roots in ancient India. Besides the game in practice, there is a long history of literature recording past developments and tactics. Furthermore, this game has been an interesting object of theoretical speculations in psychology, sociology, linguistics, semiotics, and philosophy. It is known as the game of the kings and is not a game of chance. This led to its identification with intelligence in early computer science, whereas modern literature has shown that its self-referential logic is linked to insanity. More prominently, Chess is present as a symbol in fine arts and cinema. For these reasons, Chess could perhaps be the greatest game created by humankind. As with every other creation, Chess gives the impression of having had an inventor, as in myths in which a god creates languages or other cultural artifacts. The first known tale about ...