Friday, June 20, 2008

Records in chess Part 2

By Frank “Boy” Pestaño

I HAD a lot of feedback from my article last week on chess records and here are a few more. I would like to acknowledge Cepca member Edmund Suralta who has probably the biggest collection of all kinds of chess information for sharing these to my readers.

The latest first capture was played in Veume 2000 between B. Meljfroidi and A. Lenoir and lasted up to 72 moves as white overstepped the time limit. In fact all the pieces were still on the board and there was no capture at all.

In the game between Filipowich and Smederevac Polanica Zdro in 1966, all 32 pieces were present at move 70, when white claimed a draw on the ground of the 50-move rule. This is the most crowded position in which that rule was used.

The earliest stalemate occurred at move 27 between Sibilio-Mariotti in Ravenna 1982. Stalemate normally happens very much later in the game.

The longest consecutive series of captures: 17 half-move from move 12-20 was between R.Blodig and H. Wimmer in Germany 1988. The game was played in 35 moves won by black.

One of the longest games played in which there were 73 consecutive moves by the black queen starting at move 72 was played between Mackinzie and Mason in London in 1982. The game was a draw after 144 moves.

A unique record is this game between Wegner and Johnsen Gausdal in 1991 when there were a total of 141 checks; 100 by white and 41 by black. There was also no capture in 151 moves starting at move 49 and the game was a draw after 200 moves. I featured this game in my previous but there were no details then.

Another one-of-a-kind record is the H.Rebickova vs. M. Vorakova game in the Czech Republic in 1995, when Rh 1 never plays for 105 moves and there were 74 consecutive checks by the black queen. It was a draw in move 105.

In the game between P. Zarrouate and H.Brauckmann in Tolouse in 1980, six mutual consecutive checks were made starting at move 27. White won.

Another no-mover this time by the Knight at g8 for 85 moves was the B.Galanov vs. S. Kosanski in Budapest in 1994 which ended in a draw.

This pawn never moved until 171 which is then captured. This was a game in the Olympiad in Thessaloniki in 1988 between Seirawen and Xu Jun and is one of the longest game ever played at 191 moves and ended in a draw.

Again, another no-mover is this bishop at Bc8 which never moved at all in all of the 81 moves of the game. J.Levitti won over R. Lev in Tel Aviv in 1989.

The Queen is the most powerful piece and yet was never played until move 76 to Qa8 from Qd8. This was a drawn game between D. Alvarado and J. Carvajal in San Jose, Costa Rica in 2001.

In the game between Thorhallsson and Johanesson in Hafnaborg, Iceland in 2003, both kings remain in their original squares throughout the game of 47 moves won by white.

Center pawns normally are exchanged early in the game. The game J. Vidarrson-J Hjartarson in Iceland 1994 started with 1.e4 e5 and a draw was agreed on move 180 and those pawns were still there. A drawn game.

When all four Rooks do not move at all until the end of the game, then it is unique. It happened in L.Szabo vs. Tristoja in Helsinski in 1975 and won by White after 41 moves.

The most number of moves by the black King is 123 and was a draw in 174. This was played in Kusadasi, Turkey in 2004 between F. Bozkurt and E. Tanrivermis and won by white.

The most number of moves by a Knight is 93. The game lasted for 159 moves and ended in a draw. This was between Lipschvix and H Bird in New York 1889.

Lastly, this coincidentally was played in Manila in 1992 (Olympiad?) when 15 pieces were captured on one square at d5. E. Ng vs. S. Erigayama (1-0).

If you are interested to play the moves of these games, these are available and I can send these to you via e-mail.

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