Saturday, April 14, 2012

Chess Facts

1] A chess player by the name of Macleod has the record for worst performance in a tournament. Losing 31 games in the New York double-round robin of 1889.

2] The word ''rook" is believed to be derived from the the word ‘recruit’.

3] The Gupta Empire of India originated the game of chess. It later spread to Persia after the Muslims conquered that territory. The game eventually spread next to Europe and Russia.

4] Russia has the most grandmasters of any other country, totaling 156 GMs. Germany is second with 61 and the United States trails with 60.

5] Shah Mat, the Persian word for chess, literally translates to “the king has been ambushed.”

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