The History Of Chess Is Hypnotising And Surprisingly Dramatic

Chess is timeless. Chess is the original esport.

And this fascinating video does something extremely cool: it takes a number of data sources and places them into a single timeline that tracks the rise and fall of the greatest chess players in history.

I don't play chess. I don't care about chess at all. But holy hell is this fascinating to watch.

The data sources are mix of a number of things, but it's mostly derived from how chess players performed against other top players.

The way these players rise and fall is so interesting. Every now and then you'll see the dramatic, unheralded rise of a prodigy player who just utterly shakes up the world of chess. You also get to watch previously dominant champions fade into obscurity, or watch their faculties leave them. Or — in the case of Bobby Fischer — just completely disappear off the face of the planet.

Beautiful stuff. And surprisingly dramatic.


    That was hypnotic and cool as hell - Kasparov 20 years at the top.

      excerpt about Bobby Fischer from wiki. interesting.

      In 1972, he captured the World Chess Championship from Boris Spassky of the USSR in a match held in Reykjavík, Iceland, publicized as a Cold War confrontation which attracted more worldwide interest than any chess championship before or since.[9] In 1975, Fischer refused to defend his title when an agreement could not be reached with FIDE over one of the conditions for the match. This allowed Soviet GM Anatoly Karpov, who had won the qualifying Candidates' cycle, to become the new world champion by default.

      After this, Fischer became a recluse, disappearing from both competitive chess and the public eye until 1992, when he won an unofficial rematch against Spassky. It was held in Yugoslavia, which was under a United Nations embargo at the time.[10][11][12] His participation led to a conflict with the U.S. government, which sought income tax on Fischer's match winnings, and ultimately issued a warrant for his arrest.[13]

      In the 1990s, Fischer patented a modified chess timing system that added a time increment after each move, now a standard practice in top tournament and match play. He also created a new variant of chess called Fischer Random Chess or Chess960.[14]

      During the 1990s and early 2000s, Fischer lived in Hungary, Germany, the Philippines, Japan, and Iceland, and made increasingly anti-American and anti-semitic remarks on various radio stations. Possibly as a result, his U.S. passport was revoked.[15][16][17] Unaware of the revocation, Fischer traveled to Japan, where he was arrested by Japanese authorities[18] and detained for more than eight months[19] under threat of deportation. In March 2005, Iceland granted Fischer full citizenship,[20] leading Japanese authorities to release him from prison.[21] Fischer flew to Iceland, where he lived until his death on January 17, 2008

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