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.