How much you know about chess?

Updated: Jan 26

Chess = Intelligence

How you define one's intelligence? The general answer to this question is, “their IQ score.” But people who knew chess, their answers list mandatorily include, “their ability to play chess.”

Chess is not just a game or a sport; it is an index to define one’s intelligence. And it is also a measure of one's ability to strategy, defend against situations, think of possibilities unknown, etc.

The long-time fact, while the brain represents just 2% of a person's total body weight, it accounts for 20% of the body's energy use. It just means that our typical thinking on a day burns the same amount of calories our body burns from running 3 to 4 miles (5 – 6 Km).

Then what about Chess? it completely depends on thinking; from creating strategies to attack to creating strategies to defend? Normally, chess players can burn up to 6,000 calories a day while playing in a tournament, which is three times what an average person consumes in a day.

These are some of the facts our scientists learned from researching, but what we know about the game chess itself and about its birth.

Genesis of Chess

I don’t go like Wikipedia and make you feel like reading an encyclopedia, but I just want to tell you an interesting story about the genesis of chess… Tales about the birth of chess stretches across the globe from China to Greek, but most proofs live with India and it is suggested that India is the birthplace to Chess. Here is a tale, telling the intelligence of the Indian inventor of the most popular strategy game, Chess.

Like many old tales, once there was a prosperous kingdom ruled by a wise king, but the wise king got addicted to things he shouldn't and started ruining the kingdom and then the wise man showed up, gave a solution for the problem.

Here, the king was King Shirham and the wise man was the saint Sissa and the addiction to the king was gambling and the solution Sissa gave was, our now Chess.

Sissa wanted to stop the king from playing games depending on luck from dice and wanted to return the joy of war and ruling, to the king and as a result, he invented chess, but the tale didn’t end then, it just began then.

The king was pleased, and to show his gratitude to Sissa, he asked him to name the prize for it. And the intelligent Sissa, didn’t allow his luck to slip through his fingers, he seized his chance and named the prize to the king. “Give me rice grains. One grain for the first square on my board and double of it, 2 grains for the 2nd square on my board and then double of that, 4 grains for 3rd square, then 8 for 4th, 16 for 5th, etc.”

The fact behind Sissa's claim

The poor king thought Sissa was mocking him from asking grains as a prize and even got angry on him, but later, he realized his shallow thinking and realized the intelligence of Sissa.

Sissa’s prize seems simple, but it is not as simple as it looks… In an 8x8 chessboard, there are 64 squares, that is, for the 1st block, it is 1 grain, 2nd it is 2, 3rd it is 22, 4th is 23…. For 64th square, it is 264, i.e. 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 or 18 Quintillion grains of rice.

It nearly took them a week just to get that result and then, they realized that if assumed the grains are packed in huge bags, it would take them at the minimum of 18 billion such bags and then, they realized that the prize they promised to gift to him was something which would not be met even with adding all the assets of the kingdom.


Next time someone asks you whether you know anything about chess, tell them this story which probably they wouldn’t know and make them realize that chess is not just an intelligent game, but it is the all-time most expensive game.

A blog by Pabba Abhishek (Writer of God). His other works include Novel series- God's Chess and other blogs in mediamug.

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