WASHINGTON — The chess game has moved beyond the traditional focus on the moves that have won or lost games.
Now chess is being analyzed by experts from all walks of life.
On Thursday, a team of more than 100 people at the University of Washington released its findings on the chess game and how it is played, including its most famous moves.
The results of a survey of more then 100 chess players at the university revealed that players who were at least a year younger than chess masters were more likely to be interested in studying the game, according to the researchers.
“They’re playing it more than ever,” said University of Wisconsin professor and chess expert Carlsen.
“People are playing chess all the time.”
The chess game is also becoming more social, the study said.
“Chess has a certain kind of social component, especially among young people,” said UW researcher and chess grandmaster John Krumm.
“The chess world has become a bit more public in the last decade, and people are much more aware of what’s going on.”
Chess expert Garry Kasparov is among those who said he was surprised by the results.
“It’s certainly not as big of a deal as chess was in the past,” Kasparovic told FoxNews.com.
“But I’m not sure if that’s a bad thing or not.”
The game has evolved in the age of social media.
“We have all seen this game evolve and the amount of chess players that are engaged online, I can’t even imagine,” said Kasparos’ chess coach and mentor Garry Kasin.
The university survey of chess masters and amateurs revealed that in recent years, the number of chess games in the United States has exploded.
In 2011, there were just 3,000,000 games played, according the Washington Post.
By 2016, there are more than 15 million, according To the Post.
This year, more than 10 million people are playing on Facebook and other social networks.
That is more than five times the number who played chess as a matter of decades ago, the survey showed.
More than 4.5 million people play on the online game Chess.com, which has a network of more, than 40 million people, according TO THE POST.
“People are becoming more and more aware that chess is a social game and a game of interaction,” said Krumma.
Kasparov has played the game for 20 years, but he still thinks the game is not at its best.
“I feel like the game has gone backwards,” Kasperov said.
“There’s more focus on strategy and chess.
But I think chess is much more about chess.”
Kasperov is not alone.
He said there is no question the game was not the game of the past.
“There’s definitely not a chess world that is more open than chess is,” Kasparevsky said.
The chess tournament was held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, where Kasperovic studied.
“At the time, the tournament was mostly about chess,” said historian Michael D. Goglia.
“And at that time, it was a tournament with very little prize money, and it was played in the U.S.A. But chess has gone global.”
The U.N. has designated September 6 as the International Chess Day to celebrate chess.
The game is a multi-billion dollar industry.
In 2012, the International Federation of Chess Players raised $5.8 billion to support its work to create the International Center for Strategic Studies.
The International Chess Federation is one of the world’s largest chess organizations, according a 2015 report from the International Business Times.
The federation is also the world governing body for international chess tournaments, which are held in 20 countries around the world.
The organizers of the 2018 U.K. Chess Championship, which is scheduled to be held on September 7, also released the results of their survey of tournament participants.
“More than half of the participants had played at least one game at least once,” the survey found.
“This was a surprising finding considering the very popular chess game was one of only four to have no tournament at all.”
The organizers said they expect the tournament to attract a lot of young players, as well as chess professionals from across the world who are interested in the game.
“As we move forward, we hope to find more young people who will have the passion to participate and play chess, as this is a game for everyone,” said a statement from the federation.