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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860 Comments

  1. Nice video in general but some other interesting details could have been added. And the fact that they didn’t have the white square on the right on some of the boards for modern chess was a no no.

  2. 0:40 the king isn’t in checkmate, it can move to any position in the same row as the knight
    (Not killing the knight)

  3. I think they omitted Bobby because it is right to say USSR dominated 20th century chess and the turning point for human chess domination was DB. That being said, as some others have mentioned, DB didn't take down the soviets. Garry was not pro USSR and imo his reign as world champion is only a credit to USSR formally by the flag he played under. He is an American in my book. Bobby (USA), DB (USA), Garry (USA).

  4. You knew Indians have given nothing other then cast system 😅 JUST REMINDING YOU ALL

    DON'T DARE THINK IT'S ORIGINATED IN INDIA

  5. did you know that the treadmill is a torture device

    me: i will never use a treadmill ever again….

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