a seemingly simple game to a novice but extremely difficult to master, sometimes impossible. you must have great intuition to master chess. it also has humdreds if not thousands of opening and finishing combnations and middle game tactics. there are also special moves such as castling and en-passent.
it is a common misconception in chess( they made me write chess :@)that when you win you say checkmate, it is actually customary to say "mate".