Chess - Yiddish shakh


Chess is a kind of board game played between two players. 
The game emerged in India during the second half of the 15th century after evolving from a much older game of Indian origin. 
Chess is usually played by two opponents. 
With two sets of 16 identically formed pieces each - "di veyse un di svartse".




There have been a strong tradition among jews to play chess.



During the last century more than two out of three of the best chess players in the world have been Jewish born.


And WIKIPEDIA name more than 400 outstanding Jewish chess players of which a few are shown above.


Mikhail Botvinnik

Jewish born Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik (August 17, 1911 – May 5, 1995) was a Soviet and Russian International Grandmaster and three-time World Chess Champion. Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik was born in Kuokkala, situated in the Russian-controlled, but semi-autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland, then part of the Russian Empire - now in the district of Repino in Saint Petersburg. 

Both his parents were Jewish, his father was a dental technician and his mother a dentist. The family to live outside the Pale of Settlement to which most Jews in Russia were restricted, at the time. As a result, Mikhail Botvinnik grew up in Saint Petersburg's Nevsky Prospekt. His father forbade the speaking of Yiddish at home, and Mikhail and his older brother Issy attended Soviet schools. Mikhail Botvinnik later said, "I am a Jew by blood, Russian by culture, Soviet by upbringing." Botvinik became the World Champion 1948–1957, 1958–1960 and 1961–1963.


'Misha' Tal

Jewish born Mikhail ('Misha') Tal (November 9, 1936 – June 28, 1992)[1] was a Soviet-Latvian chess player, a Grandmaster, and the eighth World Chess Champion. Tal suffered from bad health, and had to be hospitalized frequently throughout his career, mainly for kidney problems. Eventually one of his diseased kidneys was removed. Tal was a chain smoker and a heavy drinker. He was also briefly addicted to morphine. On June 28, 1992, Tal died in a Moscow hospital, officially of kidney failure.




Boris Spassky

Boris Vasilievich Spassky(born January 30, 1937) is a Soviet-French chess grandmaster. He was the tenth World Chess Champion, holding the title from 1969 to 1972. Spassky won the Soviet Chess Championship twice outright (1961, 1973). He was a World Chess Championship candidate on seven occasions (1956, 1965, 1968, 1974, 1977, 1980, and 1985).

He was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), and learned to play chess at the age of five on a train evacuating from Leningrad during World War II, and first drew wide attention in 1947 at age ten, when he defeated Soviet champion Mikhail Botvinnik in a simultaneous exhibition.


Bobby Fisher

Jewish born Robert James "Bobby" Fischer (March 9, 1943 – January 17, 2008) was an American chess Grandmaster, and the eleventh World Chess Champion. He is widely considered one of the greatest chess players of all time. Later in life he renounced his US citizenship and became an Icelandic citizen. In his later years he became very anti-american and anti-jewish.
In the early 1970s he became the most dominant player in modern history—winning the 1970 Interzonal by a record 3½-point margin and winning 20 consecutive games, including two unprecedented 6-0 sweeps in the Candidates Matches. In 1972, he wrested the World Championship from Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union in a match held in Reykjavík, Iceland that was widely publicized as a Cold War battle.

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The game is played on a a square-checkered chessboard with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. 
At the start, each player (one controlling the white pieces, the other controlling the black pieces) controls sixteen pieces: 
One king, one queen, two towers, two horses, two runners and eight pawns. 
The object of the game is to checkmate the opponent's king.



In order to play Yiddish Chess you of course first of all need to know the names of the pieces.
 
 

In Yiddish the names are:



The tranascribed names are:


Let's play ...

...לאָמיר זיך שפּילן


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