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themadphantom 43 ( +1 | -1 )
Questions about chess history and rules 1)When was chess first introduced into the world?

2)I know that chess rules have changed over it's evolution, but how long have the current rules of chess been played without any change? (when was the last time there has been a change in the rules, like adding en passant or something)

3)Will the rules change anymore or has chess finally reached its peak?

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chessnovice 133 ( +1 | -1 )
... 1. Tough question. Probably the best answer is "nobody knows". For one thing, it's such an old game, citations to the game that could give the answer are likely destroyed through decay.

But another problem to answering this question is in asking how you exactly define what "chess" is. Certainly, chess today is not very much like it was when it was invented.

Check this webpage:

I think it gives a decent argument as to why "2nd century BC in China" could be the possible correct answer.

2. Modern chess has been using pretty much the same rules since the 15th century, when the queen and bishop moves were reinvented. But I think back then, the rules concerning draws weren't up-to-date. So I might be wrong.

3. The rules can always have the possibility of changing, and Fischer Random Chess seems like a novel enough idea to make a new brand of chess. The problem is that to make a new change to the game, it needs to be possible on the 64 sqare chess board, and with the pieces readily available - since people have their own chess board, they wouldn't go out and buy a new kind of chess board just to fit some radical's new rules.
blatman 45 ( +1 | -1 )
History 1500 to 2000 years inIndia and/or China are the two most common theories.

I always thouhgt the last big change in the rules was when pawns could move two squares forward in their first move - en passant I think is a vestage of this. Moreover, Indian Defences get their name from the fact that in India pawns could only move one square.

The Great Blatman(as centuries blend and blur)

chessnovice 18 ( +1 | -1 )
... I think the two-pawn move and en passant were made before (or at the very least, during) the 15th century, when the queen and bishop moves were changed.
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anaxagoras 41 ( +1 | -1 )
Znosko-Borovsky mentions (in his book on the middlegame) that when the game was played in ancient India the queen did not have the scope it has now... limited to the moves of a king or something.

Very funny that the rules of chess are supposed to define the game, but they have changed over time. Apparently, then, there is no one 'thing' or definition that explains what chess is historically.