Dimitris Gounaris company was founded and settled in Monastiraki area in 1971. The success in the amazing world of chess and the traditional hand made backgammon and also the fact that the company is No1 choice of the Top 10 Athens travelling guide, are the results of the high quality products, of the company’s persistence to good service as well as to competitive prices.
The history of chess spans some 1500 years. The earliest predecessors of the game originated in India, before the 6th century AD. From India, the game spread to Persia. When the Arabs conquered Persia, chess was taken up by the Muslim world and subsequently spread to Southern Europe.
In Europe, chess evolved into its current form in the 15th century. In the second half of the 19th century, modern chess tournament play began, and the first world Chess Championship was held in 1886. The 20th century saw great leaps forward in chess theory and the establishment of the World Chess Federation (FIDE).
Backgammon or Tavli in greek is one of the oldest board games for two players. There are many pottery paints from Ancient Greece showing Achilles playing one kind of board game like backgammon or chess during rest in Troy War. The playing pieces are moved according to the roll of dice, and players win by removing all of their pieces from the board.
Although luck is involved and factors into the outcome, strategy plays a more important role in the long run. With each roll of the dice players must choose from numerous options for moving their checkers and anticipate possible counter-moves by the opponent. Players may raise the stakes during the game. There is an established repertoire of common tactics and occurrences.
Chess samples in Dimitris Gounaris are made by bronze, enamel, oak-walnut, ceramic, cherry tree wood, mahogany-walnut, oak-laqer wood, olive tree wood, pine tree wood etc. and backgammon samples are made by cherry tree wood, ebony wood, lacqer wood, leather, mahogany wood, mother of pearl, olive tree wood, pine tree wood, rose tree, walnut-oak, wenge-rose, zebrano wood etc.