10 January 2021

He:'Do You Play?'; She:'Try Me...'

For the previous two posts on the monthly featured video, where the last post was The Chess Boom of 50 Years Ago (December 2020), I used the same introduction:-

Given the current wave of Queen's Gambit Mania, I wasn't surprised to see that half of my picks on the short list for this month's video were also about the Netflix series titled 'The Queen's Gambit'.

Now it's over. This month I had two QG videos on the short list of 25 clips. Add two more if you think current discussions about women in chess are motivated by the Netflix series. Of those 25 clips, a handful merited serious consideration for the final choice, and the winner is...

Top 10 Mind Blowing Facts About Chess (11:28) • '[Published on] Dec 21, 2020'

...The description of the video nevertheless reveals that its motivation brings us back to the QG mania:-

"The Queen's Gambit" has thrust this iconic game back into the spotlight! For this list, we’ll be looking at the most fascinating facts about the game of chess. Our countdown includes The Pieces Look Like They Do for a Reason, “Checkmate” Has a Cool Origin Story, There Are Billions of Potential Play Combinations, and more! How close are you to becoming a Grandmaster? Let us know in the comments below!

As for the 'Mind Blowing Facts', a few of them might be candidates for the B-list on Top 10 Myths About Chess (m-w.com). But who's quibbling? The embedded snippets of films and other videos about chess are worth the watch.

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