History of Chess Variants

Weird, cool, and familiar, the family tree of chess is delightful to explore

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  1. DISLIKE. This is the official dislike comment. LIKE this comment to indicate you DISLIKE this video. Also, since this is my video I can see the dislikes, last time I updated this comment it was: 12 dislikes

  2. How did you gloss over the most modern piece in Xiangqi, le kanon.

  3. Premotion in chess might not see frequently, but a lot of time they use the premotion as threatens. I see that's fascinating concept of chess premotion.

  4. Of course chaturaji is classified as a chaturanga variant, why would you say it isn't related to chess

  5. You should check out Congo. The pawns promote after crossing "river" in the middle. There's also a piece that moves like a king, but when in the river it moves like a rook.

  6. 21:14 Actually, there are some cases when you should promote to a rook, because queen leads to immediate stalemate and knight is not enought to mate with. Also there are many cases when promoting to rook (or to bishop) is same immediate check-mate as promoting to a queen, so that you could feel proud that you were able to check-mate your opponent without making a new queen.

  7. Chess didn't shake up the mechanics of promoting, but changed the feeling. Promoting to an advisor is lackluster since they're a weaker king, but pawn->queen is a badass feeling

  8. I’m surprised that you didn’t mention the cannon in Xiangqi (pronounced closer to Syiang Chi). It changes everything!

  9. Thanks r/chessvariants. I liked I'll subscribe.

  10. Wow very interesting story and you speak with such enthusiasm! Liked! From a fellow chess enthusiast! 😀

  11. Thanks for the video! For those who are interested, all the surviving regional variants can be played at http://www.pychess.org. The western chess variants like Timur's chess and courier chess can't be played there though.

    Some corrections:
    -"Xiangqi" – the q is pronounced like a "ch", not a "k"
    -"Jiangxi" – should actually be Janggi, which is pronounced "Jahng gee"
    -I think it would've also helped to mentioned Makruk first before Shogi. I think Makruk is one of the major "ancestors" of Shogi, and you can see it in the elephant movement, which is the same as Shogi's silver general. It also makes sense going west to east from India with the spread of Buddhism. How Shogi actually came about though is not definite, and it likely also borrowed from xiangqi (especially writing characters on pieces, or using the word "general")

  12. I think it would be interesting to make a variant with the modern chess where you promote your pawn if it can reach the 6th (for white) or 3rd (for black) row, but it will promote to the piece that "belong" to the file that the pawn is promoting on, so if your (white) pawn reach A6 you get a rook and if you promote a pawn on E6 you get another king.

  13. There’s so many different chess variants

  14. One time you might want to promote to a bishop or rook (our knight) instead of a queen is to avoid causing a stalemate where the opponent cant move their king without getting check, isn’t in check, and doesn’t have any other pieces.

  15. I really enjoyed this video! Congratulations! I knew something about Chaturanga, but not so deeply. So thank you so much for the explanation!
    If you want to make a new video related to chess variants, in my opinion you should mention "bizantine chess" because in that type of game the rooks become more powerful and the bishops weaker (due to the circular shape of the board). Another variant you should mention is "jester chess": 10×10 board with 2 jesters more for the white and 2 jesters more for the black, added to the standard pieces (pawns, bishops etc.). The brilliant move of the jester is to replicate the move of the last piece moved by the opponent player. This is amazing! Because it increases a lot the game variables 🙂
    Keep on this way! I'm looking forward to watch another video like this.
    Thanks again,
    Vikash Trapani

  16. Hi. I like your vdo. To answer your question I like the chinese chess and the cannon. It is really tricky. Really fun to play.

  17. I think chess is so popular because 1. It’s not overly complicated, and 2. It’s very similar to chaturanga

  18. You have an interesting accent. Where are you from?

  19. I recently made a video about about the history of chaturanga! To find your content was a welcomed surprise 🙂 great work!

  20. Bishops used to move/capture only one Square diagonaly, no?

  21. I'm imagining a "Reverse Chariot" is like a literal example of putting the cart before the horse

  22. Nice vid
    You're quiet confident for the view your getting

  23. You didn’t talk about Xiangqi’s Cannon. 😼 it’s signature.

  24. This deserves at least 50x more views. This video is amazing.

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