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Medieval chess pieces found in England

Two medieval chess pieces carved from antler have been found in the East Midlands of England. "They provide us with clear evidence of antler and bone working in the town, making something which is effectively a leisure product. "It took quite a lot of effort to hand carve and finish these kind

James Madison’s chess pieces found at Montpelier

Two chess pawns have been unearthed at Montpelier, James Madison's country estate. Archaeologists recently discovered the pawns during an ongoing excavation at the fourth president's Orange County estate. Montpelier archaeology director Matthew Reeves called the pieces a treasure that reflects Madison's intellectual pursuits and social life. The fragments of pawns provided enough

2,500-year-old chess pieces found in China

Chess pieces which date back 2,500 years have been found in a tomb in China. Ten chess pieces were found next to a skeleton in a Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-24 A.D.) tomb in Pingshan county, said Fan Shuhai, a researcher with Hebei provincial institute of archaeology. The pieces were

Medieval chess pieces may have been used for another game

A new study on the historic Lewis Chessmen show they may have been used for another game called Hnefatafl, the rules of which no longer survive. The 93 pieces - currently split between museums in Edinburgh and London - were discovered on Lewis in 1831. But the research suggests they may have

The historical reasons why the Russians are so good at chess

Slate answers the question: Why are the Russians so good at chess? Because the Soviets subsidized the game. Chess has long been popular in Russia—Czar Ivan IV is thought to have died while playing a match in 1584. After the Bolsheviks took power in 1917, it became a national pastime. Soon