Chess origins and happenings

Black and White King

The most widely accepted scenario is that chess derived from a game played in India around 600 AD called Chaturanga. The game made its way into Persia around 700 AD, where it was named Shatranj. The Persian word “shah”, meaning king, is thought to be the origin of the English name “Chess” and the phrase shah mat, meaning the king is ambushed, is the origin for the word "checkmate".

See if you can “shah mat” this Sunday, September 14 at Chesstastic. This open play opportunity will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Pittsfield Branch.


I was wondering if there were any plans (or where I should be checking) for an open chess afternoon at the Downtown library or Mallett Creek branch? Afternoons are definitely best for me. Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide.

Thanks for asking. Currently nothing is scheduled for Malletts Creek or Downtown at this time but any future chess events will appear on our Events page under Games and Teen Events.