A brief history of chess – Alex Gendler

Trace the storied history of the game of chess, from its origins in 7th century India to the computer software we use today.

The attacking infantry advances, their elephants already having broken the defensive line. The king tries to retreat, but the enemy flanks him from the rear. Escape is impossible. This isn’t a real war— nor is it just a game. Over the 1,500 years of its existence, chess has been known as a military strategy tool, a metaphor for human affairs and a measure of genius. Alex Gendler shares its history.

Lesson by Alex Gendler, directed by Remus & Kiki.

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49 Comments

  1. As a Chinese I want to clarify something here: the variant of chess in China is Xiangqi and not Weiqi. Weiqi is a very different kind of game which arouse in the Chou Dynasty (before 220 BCE). Rules for Weiqi is simpler than Chess but the simplicity makes it easy to learn but hard to master. Xiangqi’s rules are much more similar to Chess’, although there are debates whether Xiangqi actually got its inspiration from Chess.

  2. not confused that japanese chess uses the enemies pieces when captured
    they have a nice history of that

  3. श्री गणेशाय नमः
    पौन्स, Queen, Elephant, HoRse, उंट Are For To DyE Onaly……Not a To Abe Surrvive And To BEcOme King…..LEAsOn OF CHEss

  4. We have come to believe that chess is a white man's sport when they didn't make it in the first place… Shucks

  5. serbian langage and sanscrit are basicly almost the same language, me as saerb can read 80% of sanscrit and more then half of the words are the same till this day! we still say Sah and SahMat, so if anyone love history and language look at that 😀

  6. AI: Checkmate!

    Chess player: Hmmm…. How about I unplug you

    AI: OK I changed my mind

  7. The reason why AI can never be beaten at chess is because it's not human. It sees the best possible move, even if it's a move a human would never play unless the human knows what they're doing.

    An example would be a move that loses the queen while down on so much material ends up making a checkmate several moves in the future.

  8. Chess has been known as a Tool of military strategy a metaphor for human affairs and a benchmark for genius
    *Insert Magnus Carlsen edit 💀"

  9. I never realized that chess, for basically its entire existence, was really a political weapon. I thought that was only true during the Cold War. This was really cool!

  10. Do you mean the minister was changed to a queen

  11. The advisor is not near close to the minister the minister is the the original old chess piece that was changed to a queen

  12. And if you Google who is the minister in chess it will tell you it's the queen get your logic together

  13. Anyone gonna talk about how the animation shows Chinese chess while talking about Go (圍棋)? And how the video implies that Go (圍棋_ was invented after Chess?

  14. In Serbia here is how we call chess pieces

    Kralj (king)
    Kraljica (Queen)
    Lovac (Knight)
    Laufer (Bishop)
    Piun (Pawn)
    Top (Rook)

  15. 3:18 even Indian princes were barred from playing too much under tutelage from their Acharyas in training academies/temples.

    One was more to be devoted to warcraft like archery and charioteering

  16. First of all he is not a Mangole leader. He is a Turkic leader and commander of central asian forces who once were called Temuriyds. Uzbeks are the descendants of that great empire. Temurlane conquered lands like Alexandr did.

  17. does the Tamerlane chess really have that many safe squares? all I can find online are just Tamerlane chess with 1 citadel tile for each side, not every first and last row white tiles as depicted in the video

  18. I really love the plot in the beginning

  19. Prince is died and the mother becomes angry more powerful queen😅😂😂😂

  20. Thanks for video but Tamerlane is not Mongolian. He is Turkish emperor just like Fatih Sultan Mehmet, Magnificiant Suleiman.

  21. Sadhurangam ❤சதுரங்கம் from Tamil language India 🇮🇳

  22. actually the word checkmate comes from the russian word shikmat

  23. I liked how at 0:33 and at 5:14 showed that even good chess player/system against person with power, had to surrender, indicating that no matter how good you are at something you can easily face loss in that either by bullying or luck…….
    And also understanding/predicting human nature is more tough and comlex than any other things

  24. i'm glad to know that chatarang , the arabic word for chess comes from sinskriti chatarunja

  25. you pernose shahe not shat and it is in person not enegish but it is acouret

  26. a great brief history with many beautiful visuals."chess has been known as a tool of military strategy,a metaphor for human affairs and a benchmark for a genius "i LOVE THIS LINE

  27. Chess did not reach Europe except by the Muslims of Andalusia

  28. Left out the fact that Bobby Fischer defeated the Russians. So someone from a different country did upset their uncontested dominance.

  29. Yeahhhh! Gamers exist back from the 6th century 💪

  30. Broo created the careerr of magnus carlsen, hikari, fabiano..etc GM

  31. That last scene with the robot and the kid had some bafoonary going on. The white king was somehow checked by the knight and that queen with it still being black's turn lol. Whatever they were playing, it was not chess haha

  32. thanks for mentioning india i thought indias credit will be robbed

  33. Fun fact: In arabic the bishop is still called the elephant and the queen is still called the minister

  34. the vile soviet plot of winning chess games

  35. I know the game was old.
    Didn’t think it’d be that old.

  36. I just keep on repeating the video because of this brilliant animation!

  37. Deep Blue didn't upset Russian dominance, Fischer did. Stop rewriting history.

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