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

"I find that chess is very useful when travelling alone in Turkey. ...Take yourself to the nearest teahouse. Order a glass of tea, and another or Raki, and set up a chess problem. Within seconds Turks will appear. they won't play chess with you, but it starts a conversation.

 "I did this once and someone asked, "Can I practise my English with you?" His first question was: "How many princesses have you slept with?" So now you see the point of chess."

— Bryan SEWELL