In this game, you and your opponent have to take your time planning and improvising as they make moves you didn't anticipate. You learn to sacrifice some pieces for the sake of saving others, or to create a gap in the enemies defense. Given how old this game is, and how... "Educational" it is, I regret nothing in voting for it.
Unlike Risk and Monopoly, when you lose some pieces, or even a whole game, you tend to gain respect for your opponent, instead of a burning hatred and passion for revenge. (Once you've matured a bit, that is).
I still play it to this day, great game and teaching tool.

Chess is the only game I can think of that combines so much strategy with simplicity. With just 64 squares it simulates the fall of 2 nations that wage war on each other fighting until there is a lone king cornered that has no chance of survival. But yet chess has no manual you have to be taught by someone. With all of this its obvious why its lasted so long and is so popular.

I am voting for chess as I voted for Monopoly as the best non video gaming strategy game but chess is a great game and is a true board game, it teaches you to think ahead and how to think forward as we chess players say the novices think on their feet while good chess players think three and above moves ahead.

A test of true intelect. Higher IQ, Higher chances of winning - zack182daley

Chess is awesome I love playing it. For some reason even though Chess is a more advanced game than Checkers, I don't get the point on how to play checkers. Chess is a great game, whiles you are having fun you are learning a lot and using different type of mathematical styles. - Undertaker15-0

Chess is essentially poker, minus the element of luck. It is unique, can be mind-blowing, and is always a delight for anyone with a mathematical mind. Even those who don't take interest in chess's logicality seem to become smarter just by playing routinely.

It is the best it teaches you strategy, patience, and most of all sacrifice you need to really think and you need to come up with a good strategy or boom your dead king is dead and it enhances mental strength as well

Chess is the Best. I don't care what anyone else thinks. Those who favor other games over chess either never played chess before or simply suck at the game. Made in India 1000s of years ago, without a doubt it is the Number 1 game up to today. You don't see people playing Monopoly at an international competition.

Awesome and time devouring. Best game I've ever come across with a need for an extreme strategic mind with some of the best and most suspenseful international competitions.

Chess is a game of such intelligence and beautiful planning that it is also a social science: a study in logic, strategy, and psychology that is as addictive as it is crushing or rewarding.

Simply the best when you get to understand the strategies.
I really enjoy trying to understand how the other player is thinking and I'm sure all the other chess players out there do also.

Easy to pick up and play, impossible to Master. There are more chess variations than there are grains of sand on this planet. Simple rule set produces immeasurable complexity.

Chess is the true test of strategy and intelligence. It has zero chance for luck and based on pure logic and commonsense. Extremely fascinating. - Robobrain

CHESS IS AWESOME! I really love this game and I'll never decline a nice game of chess. Chess is my personal favorite board game and it's something everyone can enjoy = D.

I don't see how any other game could be ranked above chess. It has stood the test of time better than any other game and is still popular. Best board game ever.

Chess is the best board games of all time and ever. There's no other games (included PS games, computer games, online games, etc) that could make me so satisfied after I won the match. It's really a good game. There isn't luck factors cause the victory is fully in the player's hand

Smart? Then play chess. Want to be smart? Then play chess. Want to have fun? Play. Chess. Now.

CHess is the best. But I can't argue with monopoly being the top. Too many people think chess is too confusing to be the top

Wussies who want to rely on luck go for monopoly. We'll be waiting when you're ready to put your true intellect to the test. - jewunit69

THis game is just amazing it is a little hard to learn the moves but over all I think this is the best board game of all time

This my #1 Board game... it's so fun and kills time, Once I played this at 12:00pm in school and when I BEATed my friend it was 2:45pm... yea - SmoothCriminal

Why do I like chess? It is one of those few games that rely entirely on skill. No roll of the dice, no draw of the cards.

Greatest, and most ancient strategy game ever made... Play chess with friends or strangers, and you will enjoy it

Enhances mental strength and improves a person's military strategy knowledge

How the hell is monopoly, a game where the player who buys the most on their first turn, ahead of this game?