(bismillah) I will now present to you a major fatwa-hadith conflict. Chess: Permissible or not?! Let's take a look at the some Mujtahids' fatwas on this issue: Fatwas of Mujtahids: S. Khamenei: Q1109: Playing chess has become commonplace in most schools. Do you sanction it and organizing courses to teach it? A: From the mukallaf’s perspective, should it not now be considered among the instruments of gambling, there is no objection to playing it provided that no betting is involved.