According to my father, the game of chess is perhaps one of the oldest games of the world. It’s a game of strategists and only the most brilliant can win against the other. I’ve been playing the game since I was around ten years old, so I know exactly what my dad is talking about. But I have noticed one thing; the game of chess has pretty much evolved into other games that makes it even more fun for some people.

True, chess can be boring. Especially the part when one player has the total advantage, but is hesitant to make a move because he is expecting a counter from his/her opponent. Therefore, brilliant game players and developers have created different kinds of games that have clearly gotten its game mechanics and influence from chess:

Battleships – Also known as “Sea Battle”, it was a paper and pencil game that originated during World War I. Two players would face off using four grids, with two grids for each player. The grids are square-shaped and are numbered from 1 to 10. Each player then secretly “arranges” his/her battleships and each battleship occupies a grid. When the game starts, each player tries to name the ship placed on the grid and if the player calls out right, the other player would remove the ship that got hit. If nothing was hit, the game continues.

The game is over when one of the players manage to “destroy” all of his opponent’s ships. The mechanics might be different, but it still feels like playing chess.

Risk – A popular board game developed by Hasbro, it was also developed as a computer game for various early video game consoles. It’s a turn-based game that allows two to six players to become would-be conquerors of the world. The basic version shows the political map of the Earth and the object of the game is to seize territory until only one player remains. The said player will be declared the winner.

The concept of grabbing territories also comes from the concept of chess. There is a reason why each chess piece moves in a unique way, no? The game of Risk also utilizes the same approach. There are strategies that each player can use and the game can also be modified, depending on what the players agree on.

Lastly, there’s the most important game of all; the game of life. I’d like to think that whatever we do, we are all chess pieces that have unique traits and characteristics. I’m a local SEO expert at, so I’d like to think that I am a chess piece, waiting for the right turn for me to unleash my strategies in the online market. It doesn’t matter what you do; in the end, if you make the right choices and the right moves, you win!