Exploring History
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Exploring History

Did Spain’s Queen Isabella Change the Game of Chess?

Some historians believe she’s the reason the queen is the most powerful chess piece.

A modern chess queen and Queen Isabella I (Wikimedia)

What is now the game of chess dates back centuries. Originating in 6th century India, the game spread to Asia and the Arab world and became a popular pastime of European nobility in the Middle Ages. As the game proliferated among…

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