[ 2010-11-10 14:53 ]
Chess is a recreational and competitive game played between two players，it is believed to have originated in ancient India, the current form of the game emerged in Southern Europe during the second half of the 15th century. Today, chess is one of the world's most popular games.
The game is played on a square chessboard with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight square. At the start, each player (one controlling the white pieces, the other controlling the black pieces) controls sixteen pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns. The object of the game is to checkmate the opponent's king, whereby the king is under immediate attack (in "check") and there is no way to remove it from attack on the next move.
Chess made its Asian Games debut in 15th Asian Games, Doha, in 2006.
（中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑）