Saturday 17 April 2021

Chess: April Chess Bonanza in Belgrade

The April Chess Bonanza in Belgrade is pretty interesting. Chess players have ventured to Belgrade this April to participate in chess tournaments. It is now halfway through the Belgrade Chess Spring Festival that has started on 2 April and will finish on 30 April.

Belgrade is certainly the capital and largest city of Serbia. It is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers and the crossroads of the Pannonian Plain and the Balkan Peninsula. Nearly 1.7 million people live within the administrative limits of the City of Belgrade, about a quarter of the total population of Serbia.

Chess is certainly a recreational and competitive board game played between 2 players. It is sometimes called Western or international chess to distinguish it from related games such as xiangqi. The current form of the game emerged in Southern Europe during the second half of the 15th century after evolving from similar, much older games of Indian and Persian origin. Today, chess is really one of the world's most popular games, played by millions of people worldwide at home, in clubs, online, by correspondence, and in tournaments.

Xiangqi ( Chinese: 象棋 ), also called Chinese chess or Elephant chess, is a strategy board game to be played by 2 players. It is one of the most popular board games in China, and is in the same family as Western chess, chaturanga, shogi, Indian chess and janggi. Besides China and areas with significant ethnic Chinese communities, xiangqi is also a popular pastime in Vietnam (where it is known as cờ tướng).

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