Thursday, March 29, 2012

Chess Facts

1]Rookies or, players in their first year, are named after the Rook in Chess.  Rooks generally are the last pieces to be moved into action, and the same goes for Rookies.

2]The first mechanical Chess Clock was invented by Thomas Wilson in 1883. Prior to that, Sandglasses were used. Sandglasses were first used in London in 1862. The present day push-button Clock was first perfected by Veenhoff in 1900.

3]The first Computer program that played proper Chess was written at MIT by Alex Bernstein in 1959.  The first Chess tournament in which the only players were Computer programs was held in New York in 1970.

4]The number of possibilities of a Knight's tour is over 122 million.

5]In 1985, Eric Knoppert played 500 games of 10-minute Chess in 68 hours.

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