The Hidden Mysteries of Chess and Playing Cards

History of the west’s two favorite games.

There are two types of games which provide the most commonly-used gaming metaphors, and those are chess and the playing cards. These are the games most commonly played in the Western world throughout the last five centuries, familiar to any school child: one a game of strategy, the other a game, mostly, of chance. Research indicates, however, that the two systems of gaming may in fact have had a common origin.

Tracy Twyman: Work with the Square and Compass: The Hidden Mysteries of Chess and Playing Cards

(via El Centro).


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