Mastery: Master Games

Games That Changed Chess History

Games That Changed Chess History

Learn about the games and rivalries that defined the history of chess!

Do you want to learn how modern chess came to be? Learn about the moments that changed the history of the game with IM Anna Rudolf, starting with the oldest recorded game and showing some of the greatest rivalries in chess history! Learn history and strategy from the legends of the past. Start increasing your knowledge of chess history today!

Here is what you will learn:

  • Learn about key games from the last 500 years!
  • Learn about the romantic era and exciting attacking games!
  • Learn about the great rivalries throughout the history of the game!

"An enjoyable course - showing interesting games while bringing chess history and the players' characters to life too. Nice work!" - member mjflo

  • The First Modern Chess Game Ever Recorded

    Check out the oldest recorded chess game on record.

    • 11 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Games That Changed Chess History: The Romantic Era

    Learn about Greco, perhaps the first ever professional chess player!

    • 7 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Philidor's Pawn Revolution

    Learn about Philidor, the first player to appreciate the role of pawns in chess.

    • 13 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Shock Of Positional Chess

    Learn about Steinitz, the first World Champion and how he developed modern positional ideas.

    • 15 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Biggest Rivalry In Chess

    Nimzowitsch and Tarrasch argued about how chess should be played. See what happened when these geniuses clashed over the board!

    • 21 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Botvinnik: Master Of The Soviet Chess School

    Learn how Botvinnik became World Champion and started an era of Soviet chess dominance.

    • 12 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Bobby Fischer Makes Chess History

    Learn about the most famous game from the Match of the Century, where American chess genius Bobby Fischer interrupted years of Soviet dominance of the world title.

    • 19 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Karpov vs Kasparov

    How did Garry Kasparov, perhaps the greatest champion in history, take the title from his arch-rival?

    • 21 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Judit Polgar

    Learn about the best female chess player of all time and her quest to break Fischer's record to become the youngest Grandmaster ever!

    • 22 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Deep Blue vs Kasparov

    We end our course on chess history by introducing the new top players -computers! See the shocking game that won Deep Blue a match against World Champion Kasparov.

    • 9 min
    • 5 challenges
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