I have recently been searching the Internet for an in-depth aacount of how the rules of chess developed. All I have managed to find is really quite basic, and I was more interested with some detail of how and why certain rules were introduced. Can anybody recommend any articles or links ?
Many of the moves that developed later, such as castling and en-passant seem to me to be based on quite logical and beneficial ideas.
I have often wondered when the procedure of giving "Check" and the King being forced to move came about. Was it a rule that came about after people often lost their King due to very basic blunders, and not seeing a simple tactics ?
I also have often wondered if the concept of stalemate actually makes the game better. Sure, there are extra tactics that one or both players must consider, but doesn't this rule do the most to make the game "drawish" ?