Is it permissible to play chess or not?
brother u must be very well knowing that playing chess takes a lot of time..and sometimes we even dont offer salah because of it..we are so engulfed and concentrated in it that we dont listen to the person who is sending salaam on us and forget to reply him which is not at all accepted..this life of ours is very short and we have to manage our time properly for each and everything we do as all these things are going to be accountable for us on the day of judgement..and remember bro chess is worse than backgammon(a game of dice which is completely haram / jua(in urdu))(al-Mughni, 14/155),
I would like to share certain hadith and verses of the HOLY QURAN in accordance to your question-
Sahih Muslim Hadith 5612Narrated by Buraydah ibn al-Hasib Allah's Messenger MUHAMMAD(PBUH) said: 'He who played chess is like one who dyed his hand with the flesh and blood of swine.
Holy Quran Chapter 70 Surah Mairaj verses 42-44: Therefore,leave them engrossed in their vain talk and play,until they encounter that Day of theirs which they are being promised;when they shall be rushing out of their graves as though they are racing towards the shrines of their deities.Their eyes shall be downcast and abasement shall be covering them.That is the Day they are being promised.
Holy Quran Chapter 6Surah Anam verse 32: This worldly life is but a sport and an amusement.In fact, the abode of the Hereafter is better for those who desire to be safe from harm.Will you not, then, use your common sense?
Holy Quran Chapter 7Surah Aaraaf verses 50-51: (On the Day of Judgement) The inmates of Hell will cry out to the people of Paradise: "Pour upon us a little water or throw down a bit of the provisions Allah has bestowed upon you."The people of Paradise will reply, "Allah has forbidden both these things to the disbelievers,who had made their religion a sport and a pastime,and who had been deluded by the worldly life."Then Allah will say, "Today We will forget them just as they forgot the meeting of this Day,and rejected Our Revelations."
Al-Muwatta Hadith 52.7 Yahya said that he heard Malik say, "There is no good in chess, and he (the Messenger of Allah (saws)) disapproved of it."Yahya said, "I heard him disapprove of playing it and other worthless games. He recited this ayat, 'What is there after the truth except going the wrong way.' " (Sura l0 verse 32).
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4920Narrated by AbuMusa al-Ash'ari The Messenger of Allah MUHAMMAD(pbuh) said: "He who plays backgammon disobeys Allah and His Messenger MUHAMMAD(pbuh)."
Al-Muwatta Hadith 52.6 Yahya related from Malik from Musa ibn Maysara from Said ibn Abi Hind from Abu Musa al-Ashari that the Messenger of Allah MUHAMMAD(pbuh) said, "Whoever plays games of dice has disobeyed Allah and His Messenger MUHAMMAD(pbuh)."
AND ALLAH KNOWS THE BEST..!!