Monday, 11 February 2013

The Most Interesting Chess Facts Ever!

Good day chess fans! Here's a few interesting chess facts!

The number of possible unique chess games is much greater than the number of electrons in the universe. The number of electrons is estimated to be about 10^79, while the number of unique chess games is 10^120

The longest chess game theoretically possible is 5,949 moves.

The longest official chess game lasted 269 moves!

Rookies  are named after the Rook in Chess. Rooks generally are the last pieces to be moved into action, and the same goes for Rookies.

There are well over 1,000 different openings, including variations within larger openings/defenses that one can learn.

The second book ever printed in the English language was about chess!

About 600,000,000 (Six hundred million) people know how to play chess worldwide!

The longest time recorded for a Chess player to make a move, goes to the International Grand Master Trois from Brazil with 2 hours and 20 minutes on the 7th move.

The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of Chess is 318,979,564,000.

Albert Einstein was a good friend of World Chess Champion Emanuel Lasker. In an interview with the New York Times in 1936 Albert said, "I do not play any games. There is no time for it. When I get through work I don't want anything which requires the working of the mind." He did take up Chess in his later life.

Hope you enjoyed!

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