Chess Facts Trivia at gamerisms
The sheer wealth of chess facts trivia could easily fill a whole series
of web pages. Here are just a few of the strangest, most interesting
Truth is Stranger than Fiction:
Chess Facts Trivia
- The US master Weaver Adams wrote a book called White to Play and
Win in 1939. During a tournament after its publication, he lost all
games as White and won all his games as Black. Adams went on to win the
US Open tournament in 1948.
- The Norwegian Grandmaster Simen Agdestein also played soccer for
his national team.
- A British cabinet-maker built Ajeeb, a chess automaton in 1865.
During its long career, it was operated by many well-known chess
masters and won almost all its games. It was even shot by a sore loser.
Ajeeb was destroyed by fire at Coney Island in 1929.
- The first Chess Academy was opened in Fontainebleau, outside
Paris, France during the reign of King Louis XIV in 1680.
- The Beatles played a concert at the 1966 American Open
tournament. Screaming fans assumed the pop stars were behind the
They were somewhat surprised when the curtain finally went up to reveal
a chess match! Ringo Starr and John Lennon both played chess, as does
Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono
- The Moves of the Game: Chess Facts
- The highest number of moves in a tournament game is 269. It was
played in 1989 between Nikolic-Arsovic and lasted 20 hours and 15
minutes. It ended in a draw.
- The Fool’s Mate is the quickest possible way to end a chess game.
The game is over in 2 moves.
- The shortest won game, without forfeit, in master play was in
1984 between Ðordevic and Kovacevic. White was forced to resign after
only 3 moves.
- 2 world championship games have been defaulted before any moves
- Only 10 people have ever achieved 100% records in tournament play.
- During the 1960s, Vera Menchik won 4 consecutive Women’s World
Chess Championships with a 100% cumulative record of 45-0 games won.
- In 1889, Nicholas McLeod lost 31 games during a tournament. This
still stands as the record for most losses in a single tournament.
- Bobby Fischer holds the record for most consecutive wins. There
is some dispute whether it stands at 19 or 20 victories, however.
- Between 1981–1990, Gary Kasperov came first in 15 consecutive
tournaments, setting a new world record that still stands.
- The Soviet player Mikhail Tal set a record for being undefeated
in tournament play in 1973–74, playing 95 games. He also holds the
second-longest non-losing streak of 86 tournament games, played between
- In 2011, Iranian Grandmaster Ehsan Ghaem-Maghami played against
604 players in 25 hours. This is a Guinness World Record for the
highest number of simultaneous chess opponents.
With so many fascinating chess facts trivia, it is no wonder it is the skill game king
passionate players worldwide.
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