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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  1. What is happening in the picture at 3:40. White is in check and none of the arrows are not stopping it. Pawns do not move like that. The only moves that provide any advantage is moving the rook next to the bishop, moving the pawn next to the rook and moving the pawn next to where the rook will go


  3. Lemme in ya world ya know wha a spy, a spy you lookin lonley, ya know boi das waaaayyyyy

  4. The king told his favorite vizer to create a game of pure strategy and intellect, not chance. Thus was chess created.

    Bilbo Baggins calls chess "Conquers" in the LOTR Hobbit movie. Good name. There's an actual chess set in the movie in Beorn's house.

  5. I think that humans can defeat deep blue and prove our dominince in chess!

  6. The history of chess (or a part of it) could make a great movie. Especially perhaps from the ancient era

  7. Most of the indian and asian invention are copied by west.. If you look at the chess king it has jesus cross symbol on it…why

  8. Its all fun and games till beethoven releases, let me in your world symphony #72 during a chess match

  9. The guy after explaining his brothers death with chess: "Chess has being known as a tool of military strategy, a metaphor for human affairs, and a benchmark of genius."

  10. chess has been known as a tool of military strategy, metaphor for human affairs and benchmark for genius😎😎

  11. I can proudly say that chess is my favourite game ❤️

  12. It is still a way to class people, if you're less than 800 ELO you're worthless, as me, and if you're over 2800 you're probably not human

  13. This game was invented by Gupta empire it is the reality .

  14. Pov how my mom got killed nf4 g5 f4 nom nom you got eaten

  15. Now I understand why Queen is the strongest piece, her biceps are much bigger than mine 😢 3:30

  16. So cool I wonder how chess would change in the future


  18. 4:20 So uhh nobody’s gonna talk about how that guy straight up just kidnapped that dude? Okay

  19. The white knight for scared of the force house dude (I’m the white knight)

  20. Of course the computer is going to win you’re giving it a recorded list of all your moves

  21. I can't believe Bobby Fischer was glazer over for deep blue

  22. Shah Mat– Shah is persian for King, Mat comes from the verbal form of 'to die' in Arabic. Thus, 1:40 is not that the 'king is helpless' but rather that the 'king is dead'!

  23. "Chess have been known as a tool of military strategy,a metaphor for human affairs,and a benchmark of genius."

  24. Hij, i was wondering if the old viking game Hnefatafl (or something like that) has had any influence on the evolution of chess?

  25. The animation here is amazing. The 5 mins video feels like 10. xD

  26. great vid ted ed but how do you not notice that the chess board is in the wrong orientation. queen always on her own color

  27. 0:31 can't unhear the Luxury edit with Magnus Carlsen

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