Timeline created by sarthaki22
  • Jan 1, 600

    first chess game

    first chess game
    6th century - The game chaturanga (now know as chess) evolved into its current form around this time in India
  • Period: Jan 1, 600 to


  • Jan 1, 720

    chess started spreading

    Chess spreads across the Islamic world from Persia.
  • Jan 1, 840

    Earliest surviving chess problems

    Earliest surviving chess problems by Caliph Billah of Baghdad were made.
  • Jan 1, 900


    Entry on Chess in the Chinese work Huan Kwai Lu ('Book of Marvels').
  • Jan 1, 997

    Versus de scachis

    Versus de scachis is the earliest known work mentioning chess in Christian Western Europe
  • Jan 1, 1000

    As-Suli writes Kitab Ash-Shatran

    As-Suli writes Kitab Ash-Shatranj, the earliest known work to take a scientific approach to chess strategy.
  • Jan 1, 1090

    squares on chessboard

    Dark and light squares are introduced on a chessboard.
  • chess book

    Earliest known American chess book, Chess Made Easy, by J. Humphreys
  • association formed

    The UK Chess Association is formed.
  • federation

    British Chess Federation (BCF) is established.
  • new piece

    The grasshopper is the first fairy piece invented, having its origin in the Renaissance "leaping queen".
  • record

    A record for simultaneous blindfold play against 34 opponents.
  • radio match

    USA vs USSR Radio match is the first international sporting event after World War II. The USSR scores an overwhelming victory and would dominate world chess for the next 25 years
  • chess today

    Chess still continues to be popular today