Chess is a strategic board game for two players played on a 64-square board with a set of pieces and pieces.

Chess is called the Rating Game.

Chess interesting facts

1. India is considered the cradle of chess. The game was known at the court of Shah Khosrov I Anoshirvana in the 6th century.

2. Chess appeared in Europe in the 9th century.

3. The first chess tournaments were organized in Europe at the end of the 16th century

4. The first international competition was organized in London in 1851.

5. It has been calculated that the longest possible chess game leading to a win may theoretically have as many as 5,949 moves.

6. The number of unique chess games that can be played is 10 to the power of 120. This is a number greater than all the electrons in the universe. The total number of combinations for making only the first 8 moves is 318,979,564,000.

7. The longest official chess game was 269 moves. It was played in 1989 between Nikolic and Arsovin. It lasted over 20 hours and ended in a draw.

8. In mid-2020, the world was stunned by the absurd debate over racism in chess that they always start white. Chess player Kevin Bonham, who acted as an expert, said the topic of the debate was “the stupidest cultural war in history.”

9. A chess player who receives the title of grandmaster may use it for life.

10. The best chess player – Judit Polgá was awarded the title of grandmaster at the age of 12.

11. The youngest grandmaster is Sergei Kariakin. He received the title in 2002 at the age of 12 and 7 months.

12. The possibility of moving the first pawn by two fields was first introduced in 1280 in Spain.

13. Garry Kasparov in 1985 became the youngest world chess champion (22 years and 210 days).

14. Originally, the chessboard fields were of a uniform color. The alternating light and dark squares were introduced in 1090.

15. Dr. Emanuel Lasker from Germany was the chess master for 26 years and 337 days (1896-1921).

16. In 1960 Janos Flesch, blindfolded, simultaneously played 52 chess games. 31 won.

17. Eric Knoppert in 1985 played 500, 10-minute games in 68 hours.

18. In 1992, in a duel between Thorton and M. Walker, a record of 100 moves without hitting was set.

19. It is estimated that over 600 million people worldwide know the rules of the game of chess.

20. The longest wait for the opponent’s move in the official competition was 2 hours and 20 minutes (in the 7th move).

21. The youngest world champion was 10 years and 7 months old and the oldest was 74 years old.

22. The second book to be printed in English was about chess.

23. There are over 156 grandmasters in Russia.

24. The fastest stalemate possible can be achieved in 10 rounds.

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Chess questions and answers

Why is chess a sport?

In chess, as in any other sport, the most important thing is competition, development of skills, and strategy. “Sport also includes competition based on intellectual activity, the aim of which is to achieve a sporting result.”

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Where did the saying “checkmate” come from?

In Persian, “Shah Mat” means “the king is dead”.

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How many possible ways to checkmate in 2 moves and how many in 3 moves?

There are 8 ways in two moves and 355 ways in three moves.

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How to become a chess grandmaster?

The title is awarded to chess players who have achieved3 valuable results in international tournaments by competing with grandmasters within a given period of time.

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How many squares does a chessboard have?

The chessboard has 64 squares (8×8).

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What is the value of the individual figures?

Queen – 9 points, rook – 5 points, knight and bishop – 3 points, pawn – 1 point.

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Why do they start white in chess?

This rule was officially introduced at the World Cup in 1889. It is not known why it was decided to choose white.

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When can a game end in a draw?

When the same position appears three times on the board, one of the players gives perpetual check or makes 50 moves without moving a pawn and capturing any piece.

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What is eternal check?

It is a draw to end the game due to repetition of moves that check the opponent’s king.

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