Vasily Smyslov, former World Chess Champ

Smyslov and father

Napoleon plays Cornwallis cartoon

Russian chessplayers

Windsor family gamers

Ivan the Terrible plays one last game of chess, then dies

Afrasiah chessmen from 7th century Uzbekistan

Chess player in gamer style

WW I cartoon

De Ludo Scachorum (The Game of Chess), about 1500, by Luca Pacioli, a Franciscan friar and Renaissance mathematician who was a friend and collaborator of Leonardo da Vinci. One of the earliest chess books, it contains 114 diagrams of chess problems drawn in red and black.