Chess rating: 1921
Give chess goodie
|Tue Nov 26 2019 6:11AM | edited: 6:28:51 | MsgID: 19796538|
I Understand that the original setter of the thread wasn't asking a question but an explanation on why Black or White goes first is perhaps necessary.
White moving first is a convention which became a rule. It didn't really catch on until the mid-19th Century. I believe London 1851 (where Anderssen's triumph established him as the world's top player, before there was a "Championship") was the first event to include this as part of the official rules (it is more remembered for its other important new rule - time limits with clocks). Until then - and even after, in much of the world - players in matches just alternated the first move of each game between White and Black, the same player keeping each color for the whole match. You can see this in early chess books and publications.
Probably publishing had something to do with it, too, as diagrams were beginning to appear in newspapers and books. Usually game scores were collected with just the names of the players, like Boden vs Barton, since it didn't matter what the color was. But publishers like standards, so positions quickly were presented with White from the bottom and listed as moving first - even if the first player had actually played the Black pieces in the live game.
At the least, this conditioned the public for the convention and rule that White moves first.
Conventions like this just simplify things by setting a common standard. Ever noticed that pieces are referred to as White and Black but squares are generally labeled light or dark? There is no real reason for that, other to avoid possible confusion in discussing a position.