Contributed by Andreas Hohls


The game of chess was invented in the early 15th century in India. From there it spread out to the Far East, Middle East and Europe. Over the centuries it has been adapted and developed by different cultures that have introduced their own rules of play.

I was brought up playing chess with my family and friends. This provided me with great competition and hours of entertainment. It brought out a certain competitive edge, which meant that outwitting your opponent was vital. In my last year of junior school I made a chess board in woodwork class.

In many ways I see my life relating to a game of chess. Having to make hard or easy decisions in life can have a positive or negative outcome. Thinking strategically can have a good bearing on one's life. The ultimate goal though has the greatest significance; can I defeat the opposition king?

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