What is chess?

Chess is a competitive board game played between two players, one playing with the white pieces and the opponent with the black pieces. This game surfaced in Southern Europe during the second half of the 15th century and has become one of the world’s most popular games, played by more that a millions of people worldwide. It can be played in the comfort of any environment as long as you have access to a chessboard and these days you are able to enjoy the game of chess through online tournaments and clubs.

Chess is sometimes considered as fruit for the brain, a delicious thought process that helps keep your brain healthy and active without any form of “exercise”, but don’t let that be an excuse not to get up and go for a jog in the morning. Children can depict and develop certain levels of intellect within a short amount of time through studying and understanding how to play Chess. This Royal game has been associated with many great men and woman around the world, people such as :

  • Ted Danson
  • Ray Charles
  • Albert Einstein
  • Bill Gates
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Madonna
  • Isaac Newton
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • William Shakespeare
  • Princess Diana
  • Ludwig Beethoven
  • Bill Cosby
  • Teddy Roosevelt
  • Abraham De Moivere
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Robin Williams

The list surely goes on, you probably know or have at least heard of someone who has played chess before if not a player already. This game has been spreading across the globe like butter on a toasted bagel believe me and I don’t think its going to stop any time soon. There has been a few theories of sources saying this games is the exact opposite of the above mentioned, that it is harmful to the brain and thinking processes but in my opinion those views likely came from a non chess player or someone who simply did not have passion for the game. Nontheless I suggest you take your own standpoint when it comes to the game of Chess!


Chess is played on a board of 64 squares arranged in eight horizontal rows called ranks and another eight vertical rows called files. These squares interlink between light colors and dark colors. Each player gets a set of 16 pieces that each have specific points/value allocated with them starting with the:

Pawn – 1 point

knight – 3 points

Bishop – 3 points

Rook – 5 points

Queen – 9 points

King – Infinity (the king is worth the entire game, no king, no play)


The main and only goal of a chess game is to outwit and Checkmate your opponent. This can be accomplished in many various ways depending on your opponents creativity. This is only one of the three ways of completing a chess game, you can also end the game by a draw result, meaning both sides have reached an equal position and can no longer proceed with any moves. In other cases a draw can be achieved through an offer where your opponent can offer you a draw and you accept it. The third ways of completing a chess game is obviously losing. This is when your opponent manages to Checkmate you or when you resign the position due to insufficient Checkmating material.


The first major chess tournament was held in London in 1851 and it was between the top French and British players Louis-Charles de la Bourdonnais of Paris and Alexander McDonnell of London. The match ended with Bourdonnais taking the win for France. The overall score was 45 wins to La Bourdonnais, 27 wins to McDonnell, and 13 draws. The games were published widely, and were annotated and discussed by enthusiasts all over Europe. This matchup then opened ways to many tournament thereafter and introduced a manner of compensation to the winner in form of FUNDS,TROPHIES and MEDALS.

Today we have quite a number of top players around the world each representing their country over the board. The ranking of these players are determined by what we call Rating Points. Rating points are accumulated by participating in rated tournaments and winning games, building up your rating profile. Here are the top 10 chess players in 2021



GM Magnus Carlsen2847 | #1


GM Magnus Carlsen is the current world chess champion. Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen is a Norwegian chess grandmaster who is the current World Chess Champion, World Rapid Chess Champion, and World Blitz Chess Champion. Carlsen first reached the top of the FIDE world rankings in 2010, and trails only Garry Kasparov in time spent as the highest rated player in the world

GM Fabiano Caruana2820 | #2

United States

Fabiano Luigi Caruana is an American-Italian chess player. A chess prodigy, he became a grandmaster at the age of 14 years, 11 months, and 20 days—the youngest grandmaster in the history of both Italy and the United States at the time. Born in Miami to Italian-American parents, Caruana grew up in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

GM Ding Liren2799 | #3


Ding Liren is a Chinese chess grandmaster. He is the highest rated Chinese chess player in history and is also a three-time Chinese Chess Champion.

GM Ian Nepomniachtchi2792 | #4


Ian Alexandrovich Nepomniachtchi is a Russian chess grandmaster and commentator. Nepomniachtchi won the 2010 and 2020 Russian Superfinal and the 2010 European Individual titles. He also won the 2016 Tal Memorial and 2008 and 2015 Aeroflot Open.

GM Levon Aronian2781 | #5


Levon Grigori Aronian is an Armenian chess grandmaster, who will play for the USA. He was awarded the title by FIDE in 2000. On the March 2014 FIDE rating list, he was ranked number two in the world and had an Elo rating of 2830, making him the fourth-highest rated player in history.

GM Anish Giri2780 | #6


Anish Kumar Giri is a Dutch chess player. A chess prodigy, he completed the requirements for the title Grandmaster at the age of 14 years, 7 months and 2 days. FIDE awarded him the title in 2009. He was born in Russia to a Nepalese father and a Russian mother.

GM Alexander Grischuk2776 | #7


Alexander Igorevich Grischuk is a Russian chess player. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE in 2000. Grischuk was the Russian champion in 2009. He is also a three-time world blitz chess champion. He has competed in five Candidates Tournaments: in 2007, 2011, 2013, 2018 and 2020

GM Wesley So2770 | #8

United States

Wesley Barbasa So is a Filipino-born American chess grandmaster, the inaugural and current World Fischer Random Chess Champion and a two-time, and the current, U.S. Chess Champion. He is also a three-time Filipino Chess Champion.

GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov2770 | #8


Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is an Azerbaijani chess grandmaster. As of June 2021, he is ranked as No. 1 in Azerbaijan and No. 5 in the world. His personal best rating of 2820 makes him the sixth-highest-rated player of all time in chess history.

GM Teimour Radjabov2765 | #10


Teimour Boris oghlu Radjabov is an Azerbaijani chess Grandmaster, ranked number 10 in the world as of February 2021. A former child prodigy, he earned the title of Grandmaster in March 2001 at the age of 14, making him the second-youngest grandmaster in history at the time.



For more insight on understanding and maybe becoming a player of the game yourself, you can signup for a twitch.tv account and jump into the Chessheroes channel. They provide daily streams which include live game commentating, live tournaments, free lessons and much more that I wouldn’t want to spoil for you. This can be a great way to get your chess knowledge all fired up or if you are already a player you can request a live challenge against some of the Coaches on the stream.