ISC-Suleimaniah Chess Club

About Chess

Chess is a two-player board game played on a checkerboard with 64 squares arranged on an eight-by-eight grid. The game pieces are divided into white and black sets, each of sixteen pieces that consist of one king, one queen, two rooks, two bishops, two knights, and eight pawns. The person playing with the white set typically begins the game.

Playing chess has many benefits such as improving one’s memory, math skills, and  strategy development. Conversely, by working hard at math and strategy development, a player can tremendously improve his or her chess skills.


Chess is a game with a long history that is rooted in China. The game quickly spread across the globe and the first person named the official world chess champion was Wilhelm Steinitz of Austria who claimed the title in 1886. The current world champion is Viswanathan Anand from India.

In 1997, the computer program DEEP BLUE was the first machine player to overcome a reigning world chess champion when it defeated Garry Kasparov.

The Pieces

The games pieces per player include eight pawns, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, one king, and one queen.

Every game piece has a specific way that it can move, pass or to take an opponent’s piece.

How to Win 

The only way to win is by trapping the king. When the opponent’s king is in danger, the player must warn him to move the king away by saying "Check". When the opponent’s king is trapped and cannot move anywhere else, the player must say "Checkmate" which means that he wins. The only way players tie is if each of them has only a king left.

Try it and you will not Regret

This year, at ISC-Suleimaniah school, we have a Chess Club organized by Mr. Mohamad Solaiman, the Math Subject Coordinator.

Written by: Grade 6B students