Chess has been played by millions of people all over the world from the 6th century onwards in one form or another. Young and old, rich and poor: chess transcends all normal social barriers.
16 pawns, 16 pieces, 64 squares and two opponents, but we are still nowhere near reaching the stage of the game being fully solved. Even in the modern era, when computers and programs can cycle through millions of positions and calculate to unbelievable depths, there are still entirely new positions being reached every day. The amount of possible permutations is just that big.
Especially now with the explosion of Internet chess, where streamers and Grandmasters alike are bringing the game to new audiences, there are more eyes on the chess world than arguably ever before.
So what kind of stories surround the "Game of Kings" and who are the players involved in them? From titled players to novices, there will hopefully be something here to pique the interest of everyone.
Let's see what kind of stories have involved that chequered board in one way or another.
Matthew is a Marine Engineer to trade who currently works offshore.
In his spare time, he writes sub-standard Scottish crime fiction that can be found here:-
Originally brought up in the Western Isles of Scotland, he lived in Edinburgh for 15 years but now stay in Dunbar with his partner, son and dog.