Chess is a recreational and competitive board game played on a square chequered chessboard with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight square between two players who each control sixteen pieces.
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- Amberley excelled at chess—one mark, Watson, of a scheming mind.
- [The queen] sits at the top of the high places above the city. She is restless and determined. She girds her loins with strength. Her feet stay not in her house. She moves in every direction and into every corner. Her evolutions are wonderful, her spirit untiring. How comely are her footsteps as she moves diagonally, one step after another, from square to square!
- c. 12th century Spanish Hebrew text, attributed to Bonsenior ibn Yehia (qtd. in Marilyn Yalom, The Birth of the Chess Queen, pp. 54-55)