Friday, November 14, 2014

Pestano: What most people didn’t know about chess

Thursday, December 11, 2014

IT HAS been estimated that the number of unique chess games is 10^120. This is 50 percent greater than the estimated number of electrons in the known universe!
The word "Checkmate" in Chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat," which means "the King is dead."
Barbara Streisand and Bobby Fischer were classmates in high school. Streisand later confided that she had a crush on Bobby saying that he "was always alone and very peculiar. But I found him very sexy."
A Cleveland, Ohio police squadron embarrassingly raided a chess tournament in 1973 under charges of gambling. They arrested the tournament director for facilitating an illegal gambling operation. The cash prizes were confiscated, as well as the “gambling devices” (read: chess boards and clocks).
As late as 1561, Castling was two moves. You had to play R-KB1 on one move and K-KN1 on the next move.
The new pawn move—advancing two squares on its first move instead of one— was first introduced in Spain in 1280.
During the 1972 Fischer-Spassky match in Rekjavik, the Russians linked Spassky's erratic play with Fischer's chair. The Icelandic organization put a 24-hour Police guard around the chair, while chemical and x-ray tests were performed on the chair.
Nothing unusual was found.
The first mechanical chess clock was invented by Thomas Wilson in 1883. Prior to that, sandglasses were first used in London in 1862. The present day push-button clock was first perfected by Veenhoff in 1900.
The folding chess board was originally invented in 1125 by a chess-playing priest.
Since the Church forbids priests to play chess, he hid his chess board by making one that looked simply like two books lying together.
The Rooks in chess were named after the rookies or players in their first year.Rooks generally are the last pieces to be moved into action, and the same goes for rookies.
The second book ever printed in the English language was about chess. The first was the Bible.
The oldest surviving complete chess sets were found on the Isle of Lewis, in northern Scotland, and dates to the 12th century.
The first Chess game between space and earth was played on June 9, 1970 by the Soyez-9
The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of Chess is 318,979,564,000.
At the Linköping 1969 tournament, Friedrich Sämisch lost all 13 games by exceeding the time control.
Between Oct. 23, 1973, up to October 16, 1974, Mikhail Tal had a string of 95 tournament games in top-level chess without a loss (46 wins and 49 draws).
The worst result in a simultaneous exhibition given by a master happened in 1951, when International Master Robert Wade gave a simultaneous exhibitions against 30 Russian schoolboys, aged 14 and under. After 7 hours of play, Wade lost 20 games and drew the remaining 10.
Blindfold chess is an impressive skill which can get difficult after many moves. The record was set in 1960 in Budapest by Hungarian Janos Flesch, who played 52 opponents simultaneously while blindfolded – he won 31 of those games.
NEW MEMBER. We (Cepca) have a new member and the 4th lady member of the club. Harvey Jane Hilvano, 22, is a licensed Civil Engineer and works at Jemar Engineering as a Structural Engineer. She was also a former chess varsity player of USC,
Cepca will have its Christmas party on Dec. 21, Sunday, at 2 p.m. at the Lola Saling Grill and Restaurant, in Casungtingan, Mandaue City. To be held also is the induction of new members as well as the much awaited Grand Finals . There will also be a side tournament among non-qualifiers. Come and Enjoy!

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