In the Middle Ages and during the Renaissance, Chess was a part of noble culture; it was used to teach war strategy and was dubbed the "King′s Game". Gentlemen are "to be meanly seene in the play at Chestes," says the overview at the beginning of Baldassare Castiglione′s The Book of the Courtier (1528 AD). However, he goes on to say that Chess should not be a gentleman′s main passion. Castiglione′s Explanation
Some two hundred years later, during the Age of Enlightenment, an American statesmen by the name of Benjamin Franklin held quite a different view in regard to Chess. He believed that it was more than a game, and that it could be used as a tool for personal development. Franklin′s Perspective
We are now in the Information Age, and with the rise of the computer you will find that Chess has entered a whole new dimension. Today Chess is the quantifiable measure of strength in the epic battle of intelligence between Man and Machine. Chess on the internet has almost entirely succumbed to the mechanical nature of this fight, a fight which many agree has already been decided. Here at MyChessEveryday we seek to break this pattern by highlighting the class and elegance of Chess. In these pages you will find both original content and the best of what′s on the internet, presented in simplicity and style.
Chess is an amazing tool, helping us learn skills such as analysis and critical thinking. Sixty-Four Squares, the blog, uses these concepts as the springboard to discuss life—past, present, and future. Readers are encouraged to share personal experiences.
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