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Chess is played on a checkered board with 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 grid, each player beginning with 16 pieces, with different kinds of prescribed moves: one King, one Queen, two Rooks, two Bishops, two Knights, and eight pawns. The aim of the game is to give checkmate: the player to move is in check and can't escape it.

It's earliest predecessor probably originated in India, before the 6th century AD, from where it spread to Persia. After the Arabs conquered Persia, chess was taken up by the Muslim world and then spread to Europe, where it evolved into its current form.

Chess is immensely popular. According to a study published in 2012 by British polling company YouGov, more than 600 million adults play chess regularly in the world, while other estimates put the number of players around one billion, which makes chess one of the most popular, if not the most popular sport in the world.

There are many important chess competitions and the number of players who were awarded master titles by the World Chess Federation is considerable – for instance, the November 2017 FIDE rating list included 1594 grandmasters, the highest title a chess player can attain. A highly competitive field!

From time to time, the game receives mainstream media attention, usually covering the so called "super tournaments", closed events to which only the very best players in the world are invited, or the World Championships. It' starting to receive TV attention in some countries and the biggest chess sites usually offer live broadcasts from major chess tournaments. Despite the risks involved, betting could increase the interest from the public in chess, even among those who don't play.

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