It’s a new Friday and a new episode of Vox’s Explained. Rainn Wilson is the narrator of Explained Season 3 Episode 6 Chess on Netflix. In the 23 minutes episode, the actor explains to us the craze for chess for centuries and how 2020 saw a surge in its popularity.
The synopsis for Netflix’s Explained Chess episode reads – For centuries, chess has captured hearts and minds — and pawns — and it’s more popular than ever. What makes this ever-changing board game so special?
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Narrator Rainn Wilson starts the episode by giving us the information of all the sources of entertainment people have. But chess has always been consistent for centuries. The Office actor says, “In an average year, more than 7000 new movies are released and over a thousand new TV shows, thousands of new video games, hundreds of thousands of new podcasts, and more than 60,000 new tracks are uploaded to Spotify every day. Among all these options for pleasure and diversion, the one that experience the greatest surge in popularity in 2020 is over 1,500 years old.”
Vox-Netflix Explained Season 3 Episode 6 Chess features guests like Hikaru Nakamura, Grandmaster (Streamer), Imad Khachan, owner of Chess Forum in NY, Natasha Regan, Woman International Master Co-author (Game Changer) and Anthony Saidy, International Master Author (The March of Chess Ideas). Hikaru Nakamura says that chess was considered a game only for very smart people. But that’s not the reality anymore.
About the game’s popularity, the narrator informs that on the streaming platform Twitch, Chess surpassed video games like League of Legends and Fortnite. Imad Khachan, owner of Chess Forum in NY, reveals that celebrities like Stanley Kubrick, Bobby Fisher, and several others would come to his club to play a chess game.
Netflix’s Explained series latest episode also tells us the story of Edward Lasker, a German engineer from 1912 and his chess game with George Alan Thomas, who was considered the best player in England. At that time, Lasker was not aware of who George was and didn’t know English. But the beauty of Chess is one doesn’t need to know any language, only the right moves. While narrating their game through the episode, Rainn Wilson informs that their casual game in 1912 is presently called The Perfect King Hunt or Fatal Attraction.
In the game of chess, all the pieces play a prominent role. But the one piece that has more power than the most is the Queen. But did you know before the 15th century, the piece only went on one square? Thanks to the powerful female leaders who emerged all over Europe, the once considered weak piece has the most power now and is called the Queen. The Queen can walk all over the board and is the biggest protection of the king, often called the weak piece.
The episode reveals that the term ‘Check Mate’ is derived from the ancient Persian saying ‘Shah Mat’, which means ‘the king is dead’. The narrator and the guests also explain the different eras – Romantic Era, Hypermodernists and more. Every era has some impact on how the game is perceived today.
Explained Season 3 Episode 6 Chess also focuses on the state of chess players. It is said that during a tournament, a chess player and a competitive marathon runner’s blood pressure are almost equally high. By just sitting through a tournament, a chess player can burn up to 6000 calories a day which is more than world-class tennis players.
From an experiment conducted by Dutch scientist Adriaan De Groot to study players’ minds to computer’s excelling in the game of chess, the episode gets only more interesting. We also get some information about 1997, the final tie-breaking game between world chess champion Garry Kasparov and IBM’s Supercomputer Deep Blue.
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Overall, today’s episode tells us how much the world loves to play chess. It is often considered a tricky, complicated or boring game. But in reality, it is a hit among people. The Queen’s Gambit series last year is the reason why the chess game witnessed a huge surge. It’s a fun episode for those who are unaware of the influence of Chess.
Explained Season 3 Episode 6 is now streaming on Netflix.Instagram & Facebook to keep yourself updated with the latest news and reviews.