The Origin of Chess: History in a Minute (Episode 40)

The Origin of Chess: History in a Minute (Episode 40)


Hello everybody. Mr. Philip Campbell here
with Homeschool Connections History in a Minute. I am your bearded nerdy history
guru and today’s question is: What is the origin of chess? Chess is actually a very
ancient game and it goes back way beyond Europe. Chess actually appears to have
originated in Eastern India during the Gupta Empire. This is going to be in the
first few centuries AD. It shows up, moves from India to the Sassanid Persian
Empire where it shows up as the game called Chaturang around 600 AD. Now it
is the Muslims in the seventh century who will adapt chaturang and spread
the game throughout the Muslim world and then the Moors bring it into Spain with
the the Moorish conquests in the 730’s and it first enters Europe
through Spain. From Spain, the Moorish version of the game will wind up in
Southern France around 1200. Then between 1200 and like 1400 AD we’re
going to see the game evolve into a Europeanized version. You’re going to see,
you know, the the bishops instead of, I know I don’t know what they were before
bishops, but they became bishops. You’re going to see the moves we we know today.
The pawns being able to advance two spaces on their first move. So you’re
gonna get the crystallization of chess as we know it today the modern chess in
the 15th century in France. and because medieval civilization basically was
France was the center of medieval civilization, it’s good to spread from there
to England to Germany and to the rest of the world. So at any rate it goes back to
eastern India around the year 600 through the Persians the game of chaturang and then to the Muslim world, into Europe and now you know. Hey, for great
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