Possible moves

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

Chess burns calories

Did you know that one high level chess game can burn more calories than ragby?

Evidence for that fact is Anatoly Karpov, in the World Chess Championship match against Kasparov, when Karpov lose 12kg(26.5 lbs)!


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

Longest game

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

Chess clock

The first mechanical Chess Clock invented Thomas Wilson in 1883.

Lasker's days

Emanuel Lasker from Germany retained the World Chess Champion title for more time than any other player ever: 26 years and 337 days.

3 days of chess

In 1985, Eric Knoppert played 500 games of 10-minute Chess in 68 hours.

Knight’s tour

The number of possibilities of a Knight’s tour is over 122 million.