If you are looking to organize a chess championship in your school, college or community, you will surely felt the need of some certificates and awards to present to the winners or the outstanding performers. Since, we know that designing certificates is not a mean task if you are not a trained graphic designer, we are presenting here a collection of free chess certificates of various color schemes and types that you can download from our site for free.

Free Chess Certificate Templates

Just click the one that you think fits your bill and take a printout of the same. Fill the recipients name, date, signature, and your chess certificate is ready!

Chess Achievement Certificate

Chess Achievement Certificate

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The certificate has a sophisticated look with a combination of gray and royal blue on a white background. The header at the top on white on a contrasting background and an elegant image at one corner defines it.

Chess Achievement Certificate 2

Chess Achievement Certificate 2
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The certificate has a background of chess board and text in white to create a good contrast. The header in a bow shape and ample space to include the name of the recipient and other requisite details makes it a perfect one.

Chess Award Certificate Template

Chess Award Certificate Template
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The design of the certificate has a modern look and feel with abstract graphics in monochrome at the top and the bottom. The rest of the certificate is in light gray and has its text in contrasting black.

Chess Award Certificate Template 2

Chess Award Certificate Template 2
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The certificate comes with a light colored background in various hues of yellow and brown. The narrow border in light brown at a little space from the edges and graphics of chess board as well as the chess pieces makes it quite eye-pleasant.

Chess Certificate Of Appreciation

Chess Certificate Of Appreciation
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The certificate makes a clever use of triangles of different sizes in yellow and black to add a distinct charm to the otherwise simple layout. The use of black border away from the four edges and use of bold fonts to highlight some text on a white pristine background also adds beauty.

Chess Certificate Of Net-worthiness

Chess Certificate Of Networthiness
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The certificate has a vertical line in royal blue with a yellow badge in the left hand side on a white background. The header in bold black looks awesome and ample white space augment its beauty all the more.

Chess Certificate Of Net-worthiness 2

Chess Certificate Of Networthiness 2
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The use of chess board with chess pieces as a watermark and the use of blue for indicating the text as well as the header is what makes it look elegant as a chess certificate.

Chess Competition Certificate

Chess Competition Certificate
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The combination of bright pink and gray never fails to attract the eyeballs. The above certificate does the same but with a sleek design and a header in dark magenta on a white background.

Chess Competition Certificate 2

Chess Competition Certificate 2
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The bright orange border and the text on a white background with a watermark in a monochrome of that of a chess  board and its pieces form the hallmark of its design. The most prominent feature of the certificate is however the bow shaped header in bright order and black outline.

Chess Game Certificate

Chess Game Certificate
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The beautiful combination of blue, gray and white with graphics at the top and the left-hand side makes this an awesome one for not only chess, but any game. Moreover, the red header builds a great contrast.

Chess Game Certificate 2

Chess Game Certificate 2
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The certificate has a narrow blue border and a blue header on a light background that has an image of a chess board having chess pieces. The blue text builds a good contrast on the light background.

Chess Grandmaster Certificate

Chess Grandmaster Certificate
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The certificate has a decorative border in blue on a light gray colored background and a pretty header box that resembles an image of a neatly folded ribbon. It also has ample white space that makes it look quite clutter free.

Chess Grandmaster Certificate 2

Chess Grandmaster Certificate 2
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The large header and the remaining text in dark green on a background that has a watermark of multiple images of chess pieces at its bottom-left corner portraits a good picture as a chess certificate.

Chess Master Certificate

Chess Master Certificate
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The certificate has a narrow yellow border with bright pink at the four edges on a white background. The header and the centrally-aligned text along with the signature aligned to its left gives this a different look altogether.

Chess Master Certificate 2

Chess Master Certificate 2
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The certificate design is a simple one with multiple images of chess pieces thrown here and there on a white background as a watermark. The rest of the certificate only consists of text in black and has ample white space.

Chess Share Certificate

Chess Share Certificate
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The certificate looks beautiful with abstract shapes in dark brown, light brown , gray and a bright golden badge on a white background. The header in black in large font size and the black border accentuates its charm all the more.

Chess Share Certificate 2

Chess Share Certificate 2
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The use of dotted lines in blue is what makes the certificate distinct from others. The rest of the design layout is simple with text in contrasting blue on a white background that also has an image of a chess board towards the bottom.

Chess Tournament Participation Certificate

Chess Tournament Participation Certificate
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The certificate cuts a pretty picture as a chess certificate with a golden border and a yellow badge with green ribbon on a light gray colored background.

Chess Tournament Participation Certificate 2

Chess Tournament Participation Certificate 2
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The above certificate seems best to award the participants taking part in a school or college chess championship with its elegant background and minimal text in contrasting black on a light gray background with graphics as the watermark.

Chess Tournament Winner Certificate

Chess Tournament Winner Certificate
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The sky blue border at a distance from its edges and clear graphics in monochrome to its right-bottom are the main features of the above chess certificate. Apart from the space left for signature or name of the tournament director, everything else in terms of text is aligned to its center.

Chess Tournament Winner Certificate 2

Chess Tournament Winner Certificate 2
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The yellow text and header on a white background containing images of chess pieces as watermark to its bottom is in stark contrast to the other chess certificates available in our collection in terms of its color scheme.

Chess Winner Certificate

Chess Winner Certificate
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The certificate has a beautiful border with an use of multiple black colored boxes around a white text box consisting of a narrow yellow border. The text inside the box is however in brown that gives a contrasting effect.

Fide Chess Certificate

Fide Chess Certificate
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The certificate has a graphics in royal blue at the bottom along with a bright yellow badge on a pristine white background. It also has a narrow blue border, and text in black.

All About Chess Game & Certificates

Chess is an ancient game which has its origin probably in India. However many historians strongly argue that it has its roots in ancient China. There is no strong evidence to support the above claim but yes, in ancient India there was indeed a board game which was then known as “Chaturanga”.Ancient Indians kings and emperors were very fond of this game which demands intelligence.

It is played by two players who sit opposite each other with the chess board in between them. The chess board consists of eight rows  which are also known as ranks and eight columns. The squares on a chess board is also in alternate white and black color. Both of the players start the game with a total 16 pieces which they can move strategically only in defined directions.

History of chess

It is strongly believed that the game of chess has its origin in India in the north-western part around 550 CE, but at that time, it was nowhere close to the game that is played in the modern times. There were also no standard rules at that time and Indian kings play the game with rules that vary greatly from one region to another. It was around 600 CE, the game spread to Persia. It was then used to teach princes about the war tactics from an early age. The game underwent some major changes under the Persian Empire but later on when it fell into the hands of Muslims, the game get refined all the more.

As the Abbasid and Umayyad Empires have at that time strong trade relations with rest of the world like Europe, Russia, Far-east and Africa, the game also spread to those regions gradually in their refined form. At present, the game is played with great enthusiasm across the world in coffee shops, clubs, etc. Even chess tournaments are organized on an annual basis in many schools. While local tournaments last for one hour to two hours, international tournaments even last for 5-6 hours.

Why chess is so popular as a game? 

Chess is so popular as a game as it not just a game where a player can win by his or her sheer luck. The game needs good skills of critical thinking and planning accurate strategies that can lead to a win. The game is also extremely complex and those with a sharp mind get inclined to the same naturally. In the medieval period, all over Asia and the Europe, it was a game of the people who have power or enjoy a high position in their society as the game was then looked upon as an abstract war game that increases mental abilities.

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