Who Invented Chess?

Who Invented Chess?

Chess is one the most complex things that man has ever made. It is said that the number of combination of moves possible in chess far outnumber the number of stars in the universe. It may be an easy game to learn but it is hardly arguable that it is a game that only gifted people with years of practice can master. With the game’s complexity, one would really wonder who invented chess since it is very much apparent that it is a cut miles above other board games and past times that appeared across the history of man. To answer who invented chess, one must travel through its history to know its development. The earliest form of chess appeared in India in the sixth century B.C. It is why one could consider the Indians to be the people who invented chess since its history started in India. This does not mean that this early form of chess was near to the one we play today however. In fact, one can see that it is nowhere near close just by learning that the earliest form of chess is played by four players. This early form however, introduced the different pieces that correspond to different ranks which makes it a clear ancestor of the modern chess. From India, the said prototype of chess reached Persia, which is modern-day Iran. It is where the chess terms check and checkmate originated from as the Persians greatly modified the game, making it closer to what we are playing today. The Persians may not be candidates for being the people who invented chess but nevertheless, they contributed greatly to its development by modifying the game and by being a transit point through which chess...
Who Invented the Frisbee?

Who Invented the Frisbee?...

It may be interesting to discover who invented the Frisbee. Now one of the famous playthings to most of the children and adults in many countries, learning the earlier invention in history may be quite worthy to dig up. However, finding the answer is not really that easy. As such, just like many other earlier inventions, there are many who claim the credit of being the person who invented the Frisbee. The First Set of Pie Tins and the Initial Claims to Glory During this era, pies were made and sold by the Frisbie Baking Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut. There were lots of college students from various New England colleges who bought these pies. And it was said that the students later discovered that the empty pie tins can be used for play by tossing and catching it. Because of this tale, many of the colleges in the area tried to bag the credit for the person who invented the playing of Frisbee. They wanted to be the school of “he who was first to fling.” To get the claim, one of the colleges, Yale College, even mentioned a tale that in 1820, Elihu Frisbee, an undergraduate, was the real Frisbee inventor. It was said that Elihu grabbed a collection tray in the chapel and threw it across the campus – thus, creating the first Frisbee fling. However, this is not a true account since all the pie tins made in those times bore the words “Frisbie’s Pies” where the word “Frisbie” was later derived to name the toy. The Plastic Frisbee Version and the Other Inventors Together with Warren Franscioni, Walter Frederick Morrison, a building inspector in Los Angeles, invented another version of the Frisbee toy in 1948....
Who Invented Ice Skating?

Who Invented Ice Skating?...

The history of ice skating began 4,000 years ago in Finland. The earliest skates were strapped on the feet and people glided along. Who invented it, and for what purpose is unknown. Its later history, however, is well known. Evolution of the Ice Skates It was around the 13th century when steel blades were incorporated into the skates. This allowed the skate to cut through the ice. Some historians in fact assert that its proper history started in 14th century Europe. Aside from the steel blades, the lower parts were sharpened. It’s still not clear as to who came up with these innovations. In any event, the history of ice skating indicate that skates became widely used. Both royals and common folk found the idea of rolling on skates enjoyable as a sport. One account states that King James II popularized the sport. He was on a visit to the Netherlands when he saw people ice skating. Ice Skating Becomes Popular By the start of the Renaissance, ice skating had spread throughout the continent. Several artworks from the period show people on skates. During this time, icing rinks began appearing. Emperor Rudolf II had a rink specially built for him. Other royals who enjoyed the sport were French king Louis XVI and Napoleon III. As the history of ice skating evolved in Europe, the Stuart family also became enamored with the activity. In certain parts of Europe, the activity was restricted to the aristocrats or royalty. But eventually ice skating reached down to the masses. Without question, this development was crucial in spreading the popularity of ice skating as a whole. By the late 1500s, ice skating had become well known throughout the continent. In 1642, the Skating Club...
Who Invented Baseball?

Who Invented Baseball?

Baseball is definitely one of the most exciting and fun sports today. Because of its different interesting aspects, it is even considered as the national sport of the U.S. Furthermore, it has become a highly anticipated event in other places such as East Asia, the Caribbean and South America. One of the leading international sports organization involved in the game today is Major League Baseball, where outstanding players from all over the world converge and compete against each other. The Invention of Baseball Who invented baseball? Because of his major contributions in the establishment of some of the most important rules and aspects of the sport, the invention of the game was credited to Alexander Cartwright. In fact, on June 3, 1953, the U.S. Congress even recognized him as the inventor of modern baseball. The game was invented some time in 1845. In addition, he was also recognized as the founder of the pioneer baseball organization called the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club. Additional Facts and Other Important Information Unknown to baseball fans, a myth once emerged that the person who actually invented the game first was named Abner Doubleday. According to the details of the story, he was able to invent the sport in 1839, when he was in Cooperstown, New York. However, due to numerous inconsistencies, sports historians were able to see loopholes in that story. These inconsistencies eventually led to the debunking of such myth. When playing this game, there are necessarily three basic tools, namely the glove, bat and ball. The glove serves the purpose of holding and catching the ball. Meanwhile, the bat is basically made out of solid wood, the purpose of which is to hit the ball. In terms of measurement, the ball...
Who Invented Tennis?

Who Invented Tennis?

Amongst the top sports today, one of the most popular and exciting is tennis. Governed by the International Tennis Federation, it is truly fun and entertaining to watch, thanks to its highly interesting rules and other fundamental aspects. The popularity of the sport is highly attributed to its rich television exposure, particularly in the coverage of major tennis events like the U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the French Open. In addition, the Australian Open is also part of the Grand Slam tournaments of the sport. Learn more about the game by looking back at its colorful history including who invented tennis. The Invention of Tennis Who invented tennis? According to many sports historians, Walter Clopton Wingfield invented the modern version of the game. Some time in December 1873, he created the design and patented the sport referred to as sphairistike, which shares many similarities with the modern-day form of the game. By 1877, the first Wimbledon championships were held in London, England. Additional Facts and Other Interesting Information Tennis is played basically with tennis balls and tennis racquets. In terms of play, it is important to take note of the different important aspects involved in the game such as the scoring, single point plays and lines. Likewise, it is important to become familiar with the different parts and limits of a tennis court in order to become great players of the game. Generally, the game is played in four different types of surfaces, namely carpet, grass, hard and clay. Major events like the U.S. Open and the Australian Open use hard surfaces. On the other hand, Wimbledon events use grass as surface, while the French Open games are usually set on clay courts. Players can execute eight different kinds of...
Who Invented Bowling?

Who Invented Bowling?

There are those who wonder who invented bowling. Bowling is a sport that brings various health benefits. It is basically an anaerobic type of exercise that is comparable to lifting free weights and walking. This popular sport is older than you might think. Let’s go over the history of the game to figure out who invented bowling. Earliest History There are those who believe that you can trace the history of bowling all the way to the stone age. Flinders Petrie, a British anthropologist found evidence of this game in ancient times. Along with a team of archaeologists, he found evidence of a game that resembles bowling in Egypt in a find they made in the 1930’s. Among the unearthed objects from a grave of a small child they found a somewhat primitive form of the game. This is an interesting evidence to point to the Egyptians to be those who invented bowling. Of course, this discovery will not go on without any challenges. There are those who went on to argue that the game didn’t actually begin in Egypt but in some other place some time later. Other Possible Origins The argument against crediting the creation of bowling to the Egyptians is contested. A German historian by the name of William Pehle claims that the game of bowling actually originated in Germany. He gives 300 AD as the date of the game’s origin. The claim that the Germans are to be credited as the ones who invented bowling is not too far fetched. The game takes origins as a religious ceremony that was used to determine if one has no sin. German monks introduced the game to the populace as a way to test the people’s faith. English...
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