Fact­file: Chess for fun

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

Matthew still has more than a decade in which he can beat Gary Kas­parov’s record of be­ing the youngest World Chess Cham­pion, which he set in 1985 at the ten­der age of 22 years and 210 days old.

The game of chess has its ori­gins in sec­ond cen­tury China but it took an­other 800 years for the game to ar­rive in Europe.

The word check­mate comes from Per­sian phrase “shah mat,” which means “the king is de­feated.”

The long­est known game was be­tween Pre­drag Nikolic and Go­ran Arso­vic. De­spite play­ing for 20 hours the match ended in a 269-move draw.

In 1960, Ge­orge Koltanowski played 56 chess games blind­folded (with only 10 sec­onds a move) ... and won 50 and drew six!

Af­ter the games were over, he could re­cite the com­plete moves from me­mory.

The quick­est pos­si­ble check­mate is called the Fool’s mate or the two-move check­mate. It never hap­pens in a real chess game, ex­cept with a re­ally weak op­po­nent (i.e. when play­ing a fool).

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