This post is a part of A-Z Challenge for bloggers, that takes place every year in the month of April. Bloggers take part in this challenge for self improvement and to overcome the “writer’s block”. Each one of us writes one article everyday, starting from the alphabet ‘A’, right up to ‘Z’. My theme for this year’s challenge is – mind-blowing facts and theories.
- The maximum number of unique chess games possible is greater than all the estimated atoms in the universe combined! To be precise, the estimated number of atoms is 10^80 whereas the number of different chess game possibilities is 10^120.
- It is possible to win a game of chess in just two moves, known as Fool’s Mate!
- There are over 605 Million Chess players worldwide and around 1594 grand-masters (as of 2017). India’s first grand-master title was earned by Viswanathan Anand in 1988. Today, India has 64 grand masters in all (as of July 2019)!
- The longest game of Chess can last about 5949 moves considering various movement combinations. This is the maximum number of moves that a game can continue without reaching a draw.
- But, the longest game actually played till date was in 1998 which lasted for 269 moves. It took 20 hours and 15 minutes and ended in a draw!
- The word ‘checkmate’ is derived from the Arabic word ‘shah mat’,which means ‘the king is dead (helpless)’.
- It exercises both sides of the brain, i.e. the left side which performs tasks that have to do with logic, such as in science and mathematics, as well as the right side that performs tasks related to art and creativity.