Every fan of checkers games interesting to know the true history of the origin of checkers. Besides, this Board game, which develops human mental abilities, logical thinking and enhances our cultural level. Interest in checkers, we can trace in the historical studies and historians of different times! It would be fair if checkers was a complete story that cracked the mystery of its origin and would shed light on many important questions!
Various scientific studies have shown that the history of checkers is shrouded with secrets and mysteries, but it is quite clear about the fact that games like checkers, existed as far back as 16th century BC in Ancient Egypt and since this game has been considerable change, until the 12th century and more… But let us all in order…
There are three main versions of the origin of checkers and they all deserve attention!
The Egyptian version
Murals on the walls of the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs, prove the existence of checkers, as far back as 1600 BC. So, two checkers Board, represented in the collections, in the greatest Museum world – the Louvre. Experts say that one of the boards belonged to the Pharaoh Tutankhamun and was removed from his tomb.
Thus, from Ancient Egypt, checkers “moved” in Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and from there to Europe, where he acquired, over time, the modern form.
*It would be fair to mention that there is the author’s version of the modern researchers who have called into question the above fact and argue that these exhibits relate to another kind of independent games that changed, they gained a whole new form or completely lost.
If we assume that this version is correct, then the origin of checkers can be attributed to 16th century BC!
Deserves attention and this is an interesting version, which seems logical and plausible! So, mention the existence of such a personality as a warrior ranked second, who was a member of the siege of Troy, and it was he who invented checkers, thus, served as a good service to their environment, because, you know – the siege of Troy lasted ten years (!) and this kind of intellectual game helped the army to spend time with interest and benefit. By the way, boards for checkers was flourishing right on the ground, which makes the game mobile and independent of location!
If you believe this version, the origin of checkers can be attributed to 13-12 century BC!
Scientists, many times, found ancient artifacts checkers in the countries of Aryan-Norman territory, such as Kievan Rus, Norway, Denmark, Iceland.
Moreover, the pieces were made from completely different materials: horn, amber, stone, clay.
So, in many epics and legends, checkers mentioned as one of the most respected and favorite games Russian heroes.
If to speak about this version, she is the youngest of three and belongs to the 3rd century ad and later.
Interesting facts from the history of checkers
In Europe, checkers came much later, but it had a special status, particularly, is related to the formation of the knights in the middle ages. It was believed that checkers game instills ethical concepts of warfare! Thus, the ability to play checkers, was required in the preparation of the knights of all ranks!
Amazing! But, unlike other Board games, checkers never was forbidden by the Church, in the history of mankind!
Interestingly, in all English-speaking countries use the names of checkers – checkers, as in English, checkerd means – plaid!
Himself Peter the great, was a big fan of checkers! So, in the Palace, by his order, was allocated a special room for a game of checkers and chess!
The first world draughts championship was held in 1847, the winner was the Scotsman Andrew Andersen.
The most famous figure in terms of studying the history of checkers (also studied the history of chess), can be called a scientist Harold Murray, who argued that checkers has gained popularity in the 16th century in England, but were also known in France and Spain, by the way, there appeared textbooks. And thanks to French draught, in the 12th century, checkers has acquired a modern look and regulations, but was corrected later, in 1535 and 1890 and 1934.
Whatever it was, we would hope that shed some light on the idea of the origin of the game, which pleases his fans and excites the imagination of intellectuals of all times and peoples.
It is clear that checkers game has gone through a major evolution since ancient times until the 20th century, but the historical secrets and conversion does not hurt to enjoy its exciting and dynamic beauty!
Author Ava Suleimanova
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