Chess is a really logical thinking game that’s loved and played by so many, many, many people all over the world. And do you know how many people worldwide know how to play chess now. Check out all the facts right below here to find the answer on your own.
- 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 word “Checkmate” in Chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means “the King is dead.”
- Blathy, Otto (1860-1939), credited for creating the longest Chess Problem, mate in 290 moves.
- The longest official chess game lasted 269 moves (I. Nikolic – Arsovic, Belgrade 1989) and ended in a draw.
- From the starting position, there are eight different ways to Mate in two moves and 355 different ways to Mate in three moves.
- The new Pawn move, advancing two squares on its first move instead of one, was first introduced in Spain in 1280.
- Dr. Emanuel Lasker from Germany retained the World Chess Champion title for more time than any other player ever: 26 years and 337 days.
- In 1985, the Soviet player Garry Kasparov became the youngest World Chess Champion ever at the age of 22 years and 210 days.
- The first Chessboard with alternating light and dark squares appears in Europe in 1090.
- About 600,000,000 (Six hundred million) people know how to play chess worldwide!
- Chess began in India during the Gupta Empire, spreading to the Persian Sassanid Empire, and then to the Middle East after Muslims conquered Persia. From there, it spread to Europe and Russia.