When and where was the first chess with alternating light and dark squares (as it appears today) made? – Europe in 1090

Which was the longest drawn out game of chess? – I.Nikolic – Arsovic, Belgrade 1989, which ended in 269 moves and it was a draw

When and where was the new pawn move, where pawns were allowed to advance two squares on its first move instead of one, introduced? – Spain, 1280

Which player retained the title of World Chess Champion for the longest? – Dr. Emanuel Lasker from Germany (26 years and 337 days)

When was the first chess game between space and earth played? –  June 1970 (by Soyez-9 crew)

Which was the first computer to beat an international maestro in a game of chess? – Deep Thought (November 1988, Long Beach, California)


The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves for both sides in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.

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

The folding chess board was invented by a priest who was forbidden to play chess. The priest found a way around it by making a folding chessboard. When folded together and put on a bookshelf, it simply looks like two books.

The word “Checkmate” in Chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means”the King is dead.”

The second book to be ever printed in the English language was about Chess.