Checkmate? Shah mat!

Chess is an old game, and didn't always used to look like chess.  So, last week we learned about Shatranj, and tried to solve Dilaram's mate (an old Shatranj  puzzle), and invite you to try playing Shatranj online.

as-Suli's Diamond puzzle

Chess Quotes

"A knowledge of tactics is the foundation of positional play. This is a rule which has stood its test in chess history and one which we cannot impress forcibly enough upon the young chess player. A beginner should avoid Queen's Gambit and French Defence and play open games instead! While he may not win as many games at first, he will in the long run be amply compensated by acquiring a thorough knowledge of the game"
— -- RICHARD RETI