The history of chess spans over 1500 years. The earliest predecessor of the game probably originated in India, before the 6th century AD; a minority of historians believe the game originated in China. From India, the game spread to Persia. When the Arabs conquered Persia, chess was taken up by the Muslim world and subsequently spread to Southern Europe. In Europe, chess evolved into roughly its current form in the 15th century. In the second half of the 19th century, modern chess tournament play began, and the first World Chess Championship was held in 1886. The 20th century saw great leaps forward in chess theory and the establishment of the World Chess Federation (FIDE).
Chess is one of the most mind grueling games and it personifies the statement of survival of the fittest. One of the key features of chess is its strategic planning of moves. This is why I choose it to be part of Games People Play. Moreover it is this aspect of curiosity and uncertainty that prompted me to use the book format. The book type to helps symbolize this character of uncertainty and curiosity of the game. .