25 Chess Facts That Might Just Make You A Grandmaster

So you want to be a Grandmaster? Then let’s be honest, you will probably need more than this list to accomplish your goal. Nevertheless, chess is arguably the most famous strategy game on the planet with a very rich and long history and as such, a very interesting subject to familiarize yourself with. It is estimated that more than 700 million people around the world play chess while many scientists insist that its effects on the human mind and its psychology are significantly valuable. Are you ready to learn more about this fascinating game (and start the journey towards Grandmasterhood)? Then check out these 25 Chess Facts That Might Just Make You A Grandmaster.

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Chess originated in India during the Gupta Empire (almost 1,400 years ago), and from there it spread to the Persian Sassanid Empire, and then to the Middle East after Muslims conquered Persia. From there, it spread to Europe and Russia.

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The pawn move that advances the piece two squares on its first move instead of one was first introduced in Spain in 1280.

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The Chinese emperor Wen-ti executed two foreign chess players after learning that one of the pieces was called “Emperor.” He was upset that his title of emperor could be associated with a mere game and so he forbid it.

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The first mention of chess in America occurred in 1641 in Esther Singleton’s history of the Dutch settlers. The first American chess tournament was held in New York in 1843.

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The longest recorded time for a chess player to make a move goes to the International Grand Master Trois from Brazil with two hours and twenty minutes on the seventh move.

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