11 Mind-bending Chess Game Tattoos

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WHO LOVES CHESS?! Raise your hands!!!

This spectacular mind game characterized by strategy, swashbuckling attacks, clever combinations, piece sacrifices & dynamic gameplay has been around for over 1,500 years and considered as an elite sport that stimulates the mind and challenges men to battle not with swords but with wits. Let these 11 mind-bending Chess tattoos from realistic to traditional style blow your mind and encourage you to play Chess with style! ;) Learn & Enjoy!

chess game inspired piece
chess game inspired piece

Chess was believed to have originated in India before the 6th century AD and spread through Southern Europe.

chess game inspired piece
chess game inspired piece

Its early form in the 6th century was known as chaturaṅga, which translates as "four divisions (of the military)": infantry,cavalry, elephantry, and chariotry. These forms are represented by the pieces that would evolve into the modern pawn, knight, bishop, and rook.

chess game inspired piece skull
chess game inspired piece skull

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In the 2nd half of the 19th century, modern chess tournaments began. The 1st World Chess Championship was held in 1886.

chess game inspired piece
chess game inspired piece

The game is cited by Psychologists as an effective way to improve memory function while also allowing the mind to solve complex problems & work through ideas and strategies.

chess game inspired piece with flowers
chess game inspired piece with flowers

By playing it, you don't only battle against your opponent... you also fight Alzheimer's disease! A multi-purpose brain game!

chess game inspired horse piece
chess game inspired horse piece

DID YOU KNOW? Blindfold chess is real---an impressive skill that many stronger chess players possess. The record was set in 1960 in Budabest by a Hungarian named Janos Flesch who played 52 opponents while simultaneously blindfolded and guess what?! He won 31 of those games!

chess game inspired piece queen and king
chess game inspired piece queen and king

So what's your favorite piece? The King and Queen are few of the top favorites. Commonly tattooed on couples to symbolize each others' worth & significance. (Tattoo by Robert Eckman)

chess game inspired horse piece
chess game inspired horse piece

Some people bet on the knight for its unique ability to jump over pieces at long distances.

chess game inspired piece
chess game inspired piece

Some love The Queen for its bitchiness & power!

chess game inspired piece matching
chess game inspired piece matching

Some also prefer the destroyers: The Rook & Knight combo.

chess game inspired head piece
chess game inspired head piece

While some are just into the checkered pattern itself. Everyone, meet Matt Gone, a.k.a. The "Checkered" Man. He got those checkered patterns for his love of it. Nuff said. Don't be fooled by the tattoos 'cause this man is wise. Here's what he has to say about cheap-shopping tattoos:

"This project (his tattoos) took 14 years of my life & cost about $42,000 --- $20,000 of which I earned as a dishwasher. If anyone says they cannot afford tattoos, they are just not serious." ~Matt Gone

chess from back in the days vintage
chess from back in the days vintage

Check out this chillin' vintage  photo of Chess Masters taken by Henry Fox Talbot in 1847. O_O So hauntingly awesome!

PLAY THE GAME OR BE PLAYED. What's your move?!

Take it easy everyone! Stay witty! :)

minerva

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Hi! My name’`s Minnie, writer & Tattooer at Good Hand Tattoo Philippines. We specialize in creating All-original and Custom-designed Traditional tattoos. Please show your support by following our page on Facebook :-)

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