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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The first chess game that took place between astronauts in space and someone on Earth was played on June 9, 1970, by the Soyez-9 crew. The game ended in a draw.

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Originally, the queen could only move one square at a time, diagonally. Later, she could move two squares at a time, diagonally. It wasn’t until Spain and Queen Isabella rose to power that the queen became the strongest piece on the board.

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The oldest recorded chess game in history is from the 900s, between a historian from Baghdad and his student.

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Legendary computer scientist Alan Turing developed the first computer program for playing chess in 1951. However, no computer was powerful enough to process it, so Turing tested it by doing the calculations himself and playing according to the results, taking several minutes per move.

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A computer called Deep Thought became the first computer to beat an international grandmaster in November 1988, in Long Beach, California. However, the computer Deep Blue was the first machine to overcome a reigning World Chess Champion in a match, when it defeated Garry Kasparov in 1997.

Source: Chess Facts And Fables (Book), Image: commons.wikimedia.orgSource: Chess Facts And Fables (Book), Image: commons.wikimedia.org

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