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I have heard it. I have seen the looks. Frankly, I am amused.

People who do not understand chess often consider it a simple board game to amuse children. Here is a brief synopsis that I stole from another web site:)

"Chess, one of the world's oldest war games, which was invented in northern India some time before A.D. 600. The original pieces were based on the infantry, cavalry, elephants, and chariots of the ancient Indian army. These troops were led onto the chessboard by the king and his chief minister, the vizier. From India, chess spread to central Asia, China, Persia (modern-day Iran), and Europe, reaching Spain by the middle of the 11th century.
In the West the design of the chess pieces changed to reflect the society of medieval Europe. The king remained, and the pawns were still the foot soldiers, but the elephant was replaced by the bishop, the horse became the knight and the chariot was changed into the rook. Finally the vizier became the queen, and at the end of the 15th century a change in the rules of the game made the queen the most powerful piece on the chessboard. This is the version of chess that's played worldwide today"

THIS IS THE GAME I PLAY!! Do you want to know how?