The History Of Chess: The World Chess Championship

Learn about the champions who have defined the game such as Paul Morphy, Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov, and Magnus Carlsen from some of the game’s greatest players and commentators, including Viswanathan Anand, Bruce Pandolfini, Ben Finegold, and Danny Rensch.

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Executive Producer:
Dean J. Andrews

Michael Pennywark

Dean J. Andrews

Jonathan Corblah

Alexandra Kostenyuk (Women’s World Chess Champion 2008-2010)
Andrey Terekhov Ph.D. (FIDE Master)
Ben Finegold (Grandmaster)
Bruce Pandolfini (USCF National Master)
Danny Rensch (International Master)
Dejan Bojkov (Grandmaster)
Jonathan Tisdall (Grandmaster)
Nigel Short (Grandmaster)
Paul van der Sterren (Dutch Chess Champion 1985 & 1993)
Viswanathan Anand (Five Time World Chess Champion)

Editing & Post Production:
Ironik Design & Post
Michael Pennywark

Special Thanks:
Getty Images
Peter Doggers
Sam Copeland
Yury Solomatin
Emily Cole

*26:25 Bogoljubov first defeated Lasker in a tournament game in 1934 (Zurich) and never won a game vs Capablanca. He did however finish ahead of Capablanca and Lasker in Moscow in 1924, and ahead of Capablanca again in Bad Kissingen in 1928.

00:00 Origins of Chess
05:15 The First World Chess Championship
09:39 The Lasker Reign
20:01 Viva Cuba
24:02 The Alekhine Era
27:28 Pre-War Tensions
29:40 Enter FIDE
32:15 Soviet Dominance Part 1
42:22 Soviet Dominance Part 2
44:00 Finding Bobby Fischer
50:36 Chess Moves Off the Table
52:39 Kasparov v. Karpov
56:53 The Split Titles
01:00:56 The Anand Reign
01:08:55 The Magnus Era

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  1. 47:34 not going to mention the legendary moment of Fischer vs Spassky game 6??

  2. I feel highly thankful to Agadmators channel for introducing me to most of the world champions during my last one and a half year follow up ❀.

  3. This video was nothing short of amazing. Would be great as well if you guys did a series where you analyzed all the world championship games for us more average players.

  4. The narrator sounds like the one from Extra History.

  5. Very good documentary! Educational and enjoyable πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

  6. You Guys should write a book about this! This is Verious Interestingus! Is this REALLY the "History of the World Chess champions and the history of the world Championship organization itself?

  7. You forgot to mention that Zukertort was born in Poland when it was part of the Russian Empire. He was a citizen of Russia.

  8. They've totally swindled with the Chess history there.

  9. So Kramnik just comes out of no where to challenge Kasparov?

  10. The Polgar sisters: GM Susan (b. 1969), IM Sophia (b. 1974), GM Judith (b. 1976), were a phenomenal chess family from Hungary and should have been given a significant chunk of this film's minutes. Why? These three sisters showed that females are to be regarded as worthy representatives of the chess world at all times in human history (Judith Polgar actually won a game of tournament chess from GM Garry Kasparov and also knotched wins against other prominent male chess players: and has defeated eleven current or former world champions in either rapid or classical chess: Magnus Carlsen, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, Boris Spassky, Vasily Smyslov, Veselin Topalov, and Viswanathan Anand. Judith rose to number 7 on the men's list (of the FIDE top 100 males) .It should also be noted that Magnus Carlsen did not defend his title in classical chess, and the computer algorithm Alphazero, a product of DeepMind, London UK is actually the best chess entity in human history for no human, then or now could ever defeat this "player" of chess which plays at the speed of light (electricity).

  11. U shouldn't be king if u can't play chess well….

  12. Chess is not as sophisticated as the Game of Go.

  13. Capablanca got over confident when playing Alekhine for the world championship. Capablanca had a 8 yr winning streak, and thought he was unbeatable. He never got a rematch after he lost his world championship title.
    Concerning Spassky, he was not only blessed to be a GM, and world champion, but also blessed to have a full thick head of hair, something you don't see too often with a man. How was he even able to comb it, with it being that thick? πŸ˜…

  14. Steinitz with that time traveler butt buzzer tech. Secret op

  15. Lol they missed Staunton out you can tell this is America-centric

  16. Short didn’t win the candidates tournament. He won a series of matches.

  17. Thank you for this insightful video! Next, maybe the history of the Darksaber?

  18. If you feel like you're just a pawn in life, remember, every Pawn has the potential to become a Queen!

  19. β€œChess is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever, when they are only wasting their time.” George Bernard Shaw

  20. Terrible documentary. The time of good documentaries is also probably over.

  21. Bro come on man did they really have to put the "india stock music" sitar sounds when Anand shows up πŸ’€

  22. i'm like who is this Uva who beat Alekhine?? the phrase "i only read it in books" really applies to me

  23. When Vishwanathan Anand became Champion, we celebrated the Championship returning to its land of origin, India. Today we have so many young people, teenagers in the GM category, it seems apposite that Indians have grown to reclaiming this game.A much wiser, senior relative told me: Celebrate Vishvanathan becoming a Champion and possible future Champions from India, but its better to celebrate that this Indian Board game has become the Worlds favourite Board game, and we are part of World Chess excellence and that it developed due to so many civilisations adopting it rather than just focusing on its being Indian. So, yes: we are proud the game is global and also celebrate that others celebrate love this game as much as we do. Its the worlds board game.

  24. I read the Book(The History Of Chess;By:J.H.J Murray)when I quz Incarcerated for 20yrs. It's da best Book of Chess History. (500 Master Games of Chess as well)

  25. Now, Paul Murphy wuz da greatest of his times (Tal & Bobby Fischer)r da nxt 2

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