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Birth of the Chess Queen: A History

Birth of the Chess Queen: A History

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Everyone knows that the queen is the most powerful piece in chess, but few people know that the game existed for five hundred years without her. In India, Persia, and the Arab lands, where the game was first played, a general, or vizier (chief counselor to the king), occupied the square where the queen now stands. Not until the year 1000, two hundred years after Arab conquerors brought chess to southern Europe, did a chess queen appear on the board. Initially she was the weakest piece, moving only one square at a time on the diagonal, yet by 1497, during the reign of Isabella of Castile, the chess queen had become the formidable force she is today.
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ISBN: 9780060090654

Published Date: May 1, 2005

Publisher: Harper Collins

Language: English

Page Count: 276

Size: 8.00" l x 5.16" w x 0.99" h