Chess Facts


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

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

The Game and Playe of the Chesse, printed in the 1470's.

The folding Chess board was originally invented in 1125 by a Chess-playing priest. Since the Church forbids priests to play Chess, he hid his Chess board by making one that looked simply like two books lying together.

The oldest recorded chess game in history is from the 900's, between a historian from Baghdad and his student.

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

The longest official chess game lasted 269 moves (I. Nikolic – Arsovic, Belgrade 1989) and ended in a draw.

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

Blindfold chess is an impressive skill that many stronger chess players possess. It certainly requires a keen ability to see the board clearly, which can get difficult after many moves. The record was set in 1960 in Budapest by Hungarian Janos Flesch, who played 52 opponents simultaneously while blindfolded – he won 31 of those games.