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Trace the storied history of the game of chess, from its origins in 7th century India to the computer software we use today. This video will help you to improve your vocabulary.
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Trace the storied history of the game of chess, from its origins in 7th century India to the computer software we use today.
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The above lesson is a great teaching resource for:Upper-intermediate (B2), Intermediate (B1)
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This resource is intended for:Adults, Business/professional students, High schoolers
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1. Fill the gap.
The attacking infantrytheir elephants already having broken the defensive line.
2. Match the two halves.
to retreat
to move away from the enemy, especially to avoid fighting
to flank
to be at the side of someone or something, to frame
the rear
the back part of something
3. Choose the correct options.
Over the roughly one-and-a-half millennia of its existence... Here "roughly" means
4. Correct the wrong word.
… his brother invented a way of representing the scene to their grieving mother.
5. Fill the gap.
different rules for moving different types of pieces, and a single king piece whose fate determined the
6. Correct the wrong word.
… it приобрела its current name and terminology– "chess,
7. Match the two halves.
extremely eager or interested
a courtier
a companion of a queen, king, or other ruler in their official home
to transcend
to go further, rise above, or be more important or better than something
the conquest
the act of conquering a country, area, or situation
8. Fill the gap.
Medieval trade along the Silk Road carried the game to East and Southeast Asia, where many local variants.
9. Unmix the sentence.
10. Fill the gap.
Moralistsagainst devoting too much time to them, with chess even being briefly banned in France.
11. Choose the correct options.
Yet the game proliferated, and the 15th century saw it cohering into the form we know today. Choose two right options
To proliferate - to increase in number or amount
To proliferate - to decrease in number or amount
To cohere - to unite or to hold together as a unit
To cohere - to hold separately
12. Correct the wrong word.
… and as other rules were popularized, research papers analyzing common openings and endgames appeared.
14. Fill the gap.
But the emergence of formal competitive play in the late 19th century meant that strategic calculation would eventually
15. Fill the gap.
… the Soviet Uniongreat resources to cultivating chess talent, dominating the championships for the rest of the century.
16. Find the extra word.
Chess-playing computers had been developed for the decades,
17. Fill the gap.
Today, chess software isof consistently defeating the best human players.
18. Correct the wrong word.
But just like the game they've mastered, these machines are products of human изобретательности
19. Correct the wrong word.
And perhaps that same ingenuity will guide us out of this obvious checkmate.
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