HOW CHESS GOT ITS QUEEN (the history of chess)

Did you know that chess did not always have a queen? At some point, it even had chariots and elephants as well! (in fact, it still does today, and in more places than you think!). Today, we explore how our favorite gaming lady made it to the board, and it is indeed an exciting journey.

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PUBLISHED RESOURCES

● Averbakh & Kasparov. A History of Chess: From Chaturanga to the Present Day. Russell Enterprises.inc, 2012
● Yalom, M. Birth of the Chess Queen. HarperCollins e-books, 2005.
● Henriëtte Reerink [editor] Et al. Dame aan Zet/Queen’s Move. Koninklijke Bibliotheek, 2000
● Murray, H.J.R. A History of Chess. Clarendon Press, 1913.

ONLINE RESOURCES
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OTHER CLIPS USED IN THIS VIDEO

** Battle chess: Pawn kill the Queen (PC/ UHD) **

– arnapurna modi

** Exodus: Gods and Kings – Battle of Kadesh | Part 1 (HD) **

– Captain Darrow

** A brief history of chess – Alex Gendler **

– TED-Ed

** Murad Pasha Becomes The Grand Vizier | Magnificent Century: Kosem **

– Magnificent Century: Kosem

MUSIC

Track 1: Celtic Medieval Music – At the Summertide Feast

– Music by Adrian von Ziegler [this guy has AMAZING music, check it out!]

Track 2: Celtic Music – Fable

– Music by Adrian von Ziegler

TIMESTAMPS

0:00 Intro
0:47 The name of the pieces
2:05 Enter the Queen!
3:05 Our sources
4:45 Why did the Firz became the Queen?
5:59 How the chess Queen gained her modern movement
7:44 Why did the Queen expand her movement?
8:48 Outro

8 Comments

  1. How are the pieces named in your country? Leave a comment below! In Spain:Pawn: peónRook: torreKnight: caballoBishop: alfilQueen: dama/reinaKing: rey

  2. Government of India's cabinet ministers are still called mantri. Grih mantri (home affairs minister), videsh mantri (foreign affairs minister) etc. The english word minister itself seems to have evolved from sanskrit word mantri.

  3. I always call the queen in Indian chess, the Vizier.

  4. The Vizier would be like the Vice President of today.

  5. I like how Chinese Chess has different names for the same pieces, as you would expect 2 different nations would do.

    foot soldier vs. infantry
    catapult vs. artillery

    etc . . .

    帥 = Master
    將 = Commander

    I call Chinese Chess by their "king's" name: Master and Commander Chess.

  6. In Persian:
    Pawn:Sarbaz
    King:Shah
    Queen:Vazir
    Bishop:Fil
    Knight:Asb
    Rook:Rokh

    Translation:
    Soldier
    King
    Minister
    Elephant
    Horse
    Chariot

  7. I always thought that
    "Rook" was meant for
    the bird "rook". But it
    meant "Ruhk" which
    means "Chariot". 🙂

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