“One doesn’t have to play well, it’s enough to play better than your opponent” – Siegbert Tarrasch
Dr. Emanuel Lasker from Germany retained the World Chess Champion title for more time than any other player ever: 26 years and 337 days.
“You have to have the fighting spirit. You have to force moves and take chances” – Bobby Fischer
The first chess game played between space and earth was on June 9, 1970 by the Soyez-9 crew. The game ended in a draw.
“Good positions don’t win games, good moves do” – Gerald Abrahams
The number of possible, unique chess games is far greater than the number of electrons in the universe! The number of electrons is estimated to be a mere 1079, while the number of unique chess games is 10120. That means a thousand trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion games.
“A passed Pawn increases in strength as the number of pieces on the board diminishes” – Capablanca
The folding chess board was originally invented in 1125 by a chess-playing priest. Since the Church forbid priests to play chess, he hid his chess board by making one that looked simply like two books lying together.
Mir Sultan Khan (1905-1966) was the first Indian chess player to have acclaimed International fame. He was the winner of the Championship of British empire three times and played on the top board of England in three Chess Olympiads. He defeated Capablanca, Nimzovich, Rubinstein and other top players.
The Norwegian Grandmaster Simen Agdestein also played soccer for his national team.