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While most of my peers spend time playing angry birds, the Kim Kardashian app, and many other applications on a smart phone, computer, or any other type of device, I play chess. Chess has been played for hundreds of years and loved by cult like followers around the world. I love chess and it is a fantastically interesting passion to have. Chess is a sport of the mind and a battle between two players logic. A chessboard has set rules and a single goal. Your chess game is not impaired by your physical attributes such as height, race, or even gender. A chessboard does not care about your economic status or what you are wearing you simply need to understand the rules of the game and work towards the end goal of trapping your oppositions King, or getting a check mate. On an eight by eight board, with 5 different types of pieces to move and rules that could be explained to an average adult in no more than 15 minutes, People can and will spend there whole lives playing, studying, and attempting to master the game. Statisticians have stated that the number of possible ways of playing the first four moves for both sides in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000 possible outcomes and in an average 40-turn game, there are more possible moves on the chessboard than there are hairs on the head of every living person in the world.

“Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe” -Indian Proverb

If you have never seen a chessboard or have been coached in chess since you were four years old, everyone has something to learn and gain from chess.