Chess. Is a very strategic Game And you really have to think. If you don't play strategy you will lose I think chess is the best board game because it helps you with real things and if you're capable of mixing your real life with chess then you'll win. Everything goes according to chess, if you analyze the real life you'll see that your life is full of sacrifices (when you've said bad words, did bad things) and strategy. It's like a war where you protect the king, your children. The one who knows chess can rule the world better than the one who knows risk. The chess player will understand the risks of everything. So I guess it really helps.

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 bar none the greatest board game ever invented, it's pretty insulting that it is second to Monopoly on this list. Chess is the pure game of mental skill, as there is no luck involved (dice). As for another reason, it is a timeless classic. If you can find another game that is more intricate than this, please share it! Although I don't think someone ever will invent a game better than this.

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.

I don't understand why some people really don't like chess. Chess is the ultimate game of strategy, and one little move could make a huge difference later on. Life is like a long game of chess, you make moves, and make sacrifices, so chess is like a teacher of life.

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.

People who vote for monopoly etc are mad though it a good game but its pure waste of time while chess is an internationally played gamed which also sharpens our mind and people who master this not only have grand titles but also get fame and money. EAST OR WEST CHESS IS THE BEST!

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.

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

Chess is #1. All disbelievers of this, leave this website, play a few rounds of chess, then come back. It will be solid proof that it is the most amazing game ever.

Chess must be the greatest board game of all time. It is the only game on this list that has been played outside the 20th or 21st century and is solely based on logic, strategy, and tactics. It's the only game on this list which requires practice and study (OK, checkers may have some valid argument here). You enter drawing of cards or dice to any game, you have entered 'luck' or probably into the equation. Chess is divorced of this completely. The circumspection alone is why this was the "Game of Kings". Chance does not influence chess in any manner. Remember when IBM programmed its greatest supercomputer, Deep Blue, to challenge Kasparov to Pictionary?

Forget about the chest crap let's talk about basketball in the NBA right now to three Kevin Durant for dinner and then Russell Westbrook then Anthony Davis James Harden

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.

Bro I had a history project about entertainment in ancient times and I was assigned ancient India and all I did was bring a chess board to school for my visual aid. Low effort A for the win.

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.

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.

In all seriousness, no other game listed on this list of "top ten" should even be considered a good board game other than chess -- besides Axis and Allies.

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

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