[Chess Originated In Africa
In Ancient Egypt, games were part of religious life. Their most popular game was Senat in which counters, or markers, were moved around a game board. Winning the game came by one player removing all of his/her pieces before the opponent did (Hawass,Tutankhamun, p235). A wall painting on the tomb of the Egyptian queen Nefretari, wife of Ramses II (1304-1237 BC), shows her playing Senat. It symbolizes the struggle between good and evil as well as stands magically for rebirth and resurrection. The African games known as Mancala or Wari are among the oldest games, dating back at least to 5000 BC. In these games, beans, seeds, and other small objects were moved around a playing board with hollowed out cups. A player tried to capture as many objects as possible. Both Senat and Mancala games and four other types were discovered when the tomb of Tutankhamen — an Egyptian king who reigned from 1348-1339 BC — was discovered. An Egyptian board game of primitive “checkers” from 1000 BC is in the British Museum. Another type — called Nine Men’s Morris, Mill, Morelles, or Morels — has been found carved in the roofing slabs of an Egyptian temple and dating between 1400 and 1300 BC. The object of the game, of which there are many versions, is for each player to try to capture an opponent’s piece and to prevent the opponent from moving any pieces. Note how closely this resembles Chess as we know it today.
But Western literature admits that the origin of Chess is uncertain. Whenever such a statement is made, experience has taught me that the uncertainty most likely indicates it originated in Africa. Many Western scholars believe chess started in Pakistan as an offspring of a Hindu game under the Sanskrit name “Chaturanga” about 500 AD. Others say it is from India or China. Then the game spread to Persia where it was given the name “Shah” (which means “king”) and “Shah mat” (‘the king is dead’). The Arabs learned the game when they conquered Persia in the 600’s and they introduced it into Europe by way of Spain, Sicily, and Constantinople. The pieces were named for roles in the courts of kings during the Middle Ages-king, queen, knight, and bishop. Chess’ strategy and play are modeled on how wars were fought in the Middle Ages. By the 16th century chess moves had assumed their modern form.
Chess is a board game consisting of a miniature battlefield whereby the opponents engage in organized attacks and defense, each conducted with the definite objective of protecting ones king from being trapped or “checkmated” (i.e. where the king is unable to escape capture). Every new game is a different battle and the players are the generals who plan the battle. Chess is one of the oldest of all games of pure mental skill as well as one of the most interesting and mind focusing and challenging of all board games. Every game of chess can be recorded in the form of a code so that after the game is over it can be studied to learn what was done properly and improperly. “After-study” is fundamental to any thinking process that calls for choices, decisions and solutions. ]
——Joseph A. Bailey, II, M.D.
The modern game of chess, has the white pieces moving first and the black pieces moving last. One is offensive and one is defensive. Now in the arena of warfare (because despite what you may think, chess is an ideal war game activity), it is believed that when the offensive forces initiates, they tend to basically expose their hand. The offensive force tends to have less rabbits to pull out of their hats than those on the defense, who up to the initial move, does not expose their strategy or tactics. Now unless you are famous like a Napoleon, a t’chaka, a Hannibal, a Sun Tzu or a Genghis Khan, most offensive maneuver rarely have contingency plans that 100 percent covers a defensive maneuver from the defending forces.
The modern game of chess, when played by beginners or amateurs has a sever psychological suppressive effect on the mind. In the beginning of my chess sojourn, being the contrarian and rebellious youth I was, I sought to switch the game around and make the black Knights the first to move. It took awhile for many of the young kats I was introducing to the game, or who knew the game, to switch their minds around from defense to offense. Over the years, as my overstanding of the game grew, I realize that it is not the individual pieces that are key. Its the board that is most important. It is not to say that the pieces are not important, but in strategy, the big picture is more important than the fine details. How does that impact our psychological positioning under white supremacy? How does it impact our worldview after hundred and thousands of Afrikan people, men, women and children are being murdered by agents of the white supremacy system? Just on the continent called north amurdikkka alone?
Lets look at the chess game, as governmental and societal pieces:-
The King: He is the most important piece on the board. He is the ultimate leader on the game board. he is the one who makes the 50 year plan for you and your children. He is who you vote in and who presents the policies of many of the advisors, who are the real power behind the throne. His moves are limited, due to his precarious position.
The Queen: She is the most powerful, mutable piece. She is both the kings consort and the power behind the throne. She is the one who is in the kings ear, yet is also one who can go almost anywhere in the game. She is the lobbyist for big business or the one who controls the big business and the leader.
The Bishop: He is the spiritual, ideological or political element of the game. The propaganda tool of the game board. He is big business. the corporation. The media, who comes to you from an oblique angle. He is the one that you tend to overlook, until he is upon you.
The Knight: This is the military, paramilitary or the civilian forces. He is the strong arm of the game. His moves are powerful, dynamic and sudden. he is the second most feared on the board, behind the queen and only because she is more mutable. But the fear he engenders is more visible, based on his muscle and dynamic appearance. Most players, use the knight for offensive moves and hold back the queen for defensive and counter offensive maneuvers.
The Rook: He is the skilled artisan. The builder, the one who partakes in gentrification at the behest of the bishop. He is thought of as the dumb brick, that is often ignored by the player, until desperation sets in.
The Pawn: Called by many names. Cannon fodder, collateral damages. The average Joe. Your neighbor. He is used by the architect of the board to feel you out and get a reaction out of you. he is the fool on the bus that calls you nigger and identifies with the game player, even though he lives in a trailer park and eats Ramon noodles for dinner. But he is dangerous in that he can get next to you in waves, because of sheer numbers. he works besides you and is your school board member. The pawn is so indoctrinated and able to be used, that he will fight you even before the King or Queen gives the orders. Because he is after all a pawn in the game.
We should learn the game, but play it as a reflection of this society you live in and the oppression you are experiencing under white supremacy. Pay strict attention to this yurugu and how he explains the psychology of thinking. Then apply it to your life.
Chess Psychology PHENOMENAL Way to Turn Your Thinking Around & WIN
Chess is a great game of strategy, tactic, patience and seeing the big picture. We must though elevate it from just a board game, to a game of life.