November 4th, 2010

Snoopy Magneto

Obscure Fact of the Week

Chess was originally developed by the Arabs. When the Crusaders brought it west, the Church insisted on a role in the game -- and of course their position needed to be closest to royalty. So bishops supplanted the piece previously closest to royalty, which was the navy. That's the reason the bishop moves diagonally: the pieces originally represented ships which 'tacked' back and forth across the board.

Never knew that before.