In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.
It is severely disliked and a grave sin to play chess. The reason is that playing chess wastes a lot of time and distracts one from his or her religious and worldly obligations (Hidayah p.475 v.2)
Saaiduna Abu Musa Al-Ashari Radiallahu Anhu has said, “Only a sinner plays chess” (Baihaqi in his Shuab al-Iman)
Only Allah Knows Best
Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham