Chess Facts

Chess Facts

  • The term checkmate comes from the Persian phrase “shah mat” which translates into “The King is Dead”.
  • From the starting position, there are eight different ways to Checkmate in two moves, and 355 different ways to Checkmate in three moves.
  • The first chessboard with alternating light and dark squares first appeared in Europe in 1090.
  • The second book ever printed in the English language was about Chess!
  • The longest chess game theoretically possible is 5,949 moves.
  • The new pawn move, advancing two spaces on its first move instead of one, was first introduced in Spain in 1280.

 

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