# 13 Incredible Facts About Chess

“chess” refers to the “mental endurance, psychological strategies, methods, etc.” Chess, for many of us, has been a mystery. Explore amazing Facts About Chess below and understand the game better!

A famous Japanese writer, Kazuo Ishiguro, said, “It was like making an eloquent move in chess, and then, as you take your finger off of the piece.

You realize the error you’ve made, and then you panic because you’re not aware of the extent of danger you’ve opened yourself up to.”

1. In the beginning, the Queen could move one square at a stretch and diagonally. Then, she was able to take two squares at once in a diagonal manner. It was not until Reconquista Spain, with its strong Queen Isabella who was the Queen, that she was the most powerful piece on the board.
2. The possibilities for the Knight’s tour are more than 122 million.
3. During World War II, some of the most renowned Chess gamers were codebreakers. British experts Harry Golombek, Stuart Milner-Barry, and H. OED. Alexander was part of the team that broke the Nazi Enigma code.
4. The term “Checkmate” means “checkmate” in Chess and is derived from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” meaning “the King is dead.” which means”the King has died.”
5. The theoretical maximum length of a chess game could be 5,949 moves.
6. A computer named DeepThought was the very first machine to defeat an international grandmaster in November 1988 in Long Beach, California.
7. The folding chessboard was designed by an ordained priest who was denied playing Chess. The priest discovered a way to get around the restriction by creating an e-chessboard that folds. When folded in half and placed on a bookcase, it appears to be two books.
8. If you place only one wheat grain on the top area of the board, two on the next and fourth on the third, eighth on the fourth, and then on and on, how many wheat grains do you have to place on the 64th square? It is 922,372,036,8 54,775,808(appr roughly 9.22×10 18,18 ) grain of wheat.
9. This new form of pawn movement in which pawns could advance two squares during their first move instead of one first implemented in Spain in 1280.
10. The longest chess game played was I.Nikolic — Arsovic, Belgrade 1989, completed at 269 moves. The game ended as an unofficial drawn.
11. According to the American Foundation for Chess, there are 169,518,829,544,000,000,00 (approximately 1.70×10 29) methods to play the initial ten moves of Chess.
12. Kirk, along with Spock, has played three times in Chess on the TV show Star Trek. Kirk took the title in all three games.
13. There are 400 possible positions each time you move. There are 72,084 possibilities for positions following two moves. More than 9 million different positions can be created after just three moves. There are 318 billion possible positions that can be created after just four moves. The number of unique 40-move games chess plays is much more than the number of electrons in the visible universe. The electron count is around 1079, while the number of unique chess games is 10120.