Playing Chess
Question :

Is playing chess and black gammon, without betting, permissible?

Answer :

It is not permissible to play betting games even if it was without betting.

Playing Cards
Question :

My family and I (father and brothers) play cards just for fun and of course without betting. Please advise me.

Answer :

It is not allowed to play chess, cards or any similar games that are based on competing and making money.

Gambling
Question : Can I sit at a table with those who are playing cards, dominoes and chess on it?
Answer : It is prohibited to watch the chess players while they are playing. It is permissible to watch the players of other gambling games, unless this leads to encouraging these games or similar prohibitions.
Gambling
Question : Could I know why playing chess is prohibited in Islam?
Answer : Chess is an ancient game. The Divine Legislator prohibits it even without
betting. We are not aware of the real reasons for legislations and we should implement them even if we did not know its real reasons as we should surrender to Almighty Allah's laws in all aspects.
Gambling
Question : Is playing chess forbidden? I have heard from some people that it is, and from others I have heard is not. I am confused. What is your ruling on this issue?
Answer : It is not permissible to play chess.
Gambling
Question : I have read in many books that playing of chess is prohibited but they openly play chess in some places. If you could, please give your opinion.
Answer : It is not permissible to play chess or sell its instruments (e.g. the chess board or the chess pieces).