Answered by Shaykh Yūsuf Badāt
Is it permissible to play chess in Islam?
Jazāk Allāh Khayr/ Thank you for your question.
Playing chess is permissible but prohibitively disliked. It is forbidden to play chess if it entails any of the following:
- Gambling is involved
- Common responsibilities or Islamic obligations such as ritual prayer are violated
- Playing is so excessive that it becomes an addiction
The many narrations that prohibit the play of chess are generally due to the playing which entails the above mentioned. (See: Mukhtaṣar al Qudūrī & Tuḥfat al Fatāwa)
And Allāh Knows Best