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World Records in Chess

World simultaneous chess record broken in India

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madel25.12.2010 The venue was magnificently decked up like a chess board across 91 thousand square feet, 1024 masters played simuls against a total of 20,480 players, and deafening applause broke out when the Guinness adjudicator finally announced that a new Guinness World Record had been set. The patron of the event was World Champion Vishy Anand, who was blown away by the scope of the event.

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Longest Chess game

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madelThe longest tournament chess game (in terms of moves) ever to be played was Nikolić-Arsović, Belgrade 1989, which lasted for 269 moves and took 20 hours and 15 minutes to complete a drawn game.

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Shortest Chess game

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madelThe shortest decisive game ever played in master play that was decided because of the position on the board (i.e. not because of a forfeit or protest) is Z. Đorđević - M. Kovačević, Bela Crkva 1984. It lasted only three moves (1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c6 3.e3?? Qa5+ winning the bishop), and White resigned.

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Fewest moves played in a tournament

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madelIn the Premier I group at the 2003 Capablanca Memorial tournament, Péter Székely took just 130 moves (an average of 10 moves per game) to draw all 13 of his games.

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Latest first capture

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In Rogoff-Williams, World Junior Championship, Stockholm 1969, the first capture (94.bxc5) occurred on White’s 94th move. Filipowicz-Smederevac, Polanica Zdroj 1966 was drawn in 70 moves under the fifty-move rule, without any piece or pawn having been captured.

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Longest decisive game without a capture

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Nuber-Keckeisen, Mengen 1994 lasted 31 moves without a single capture. In the end Keckeisen, facing imminent checkmate, resigned.

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Greatest concentration of grandmasters

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madelAs of December 2005, Reykjavik, Iceland, with eight grandmasters (Jon Arnason, Jóhann Hjartarson, Margeir Petursson, Fridrik Olafsson, Throstur Thorhallsson,

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Perfect tournament and match scores

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madelIn top-class chess it is rare for a player to complete a tournament or match with a 100 percent score. This outstanding result was however achieved in tournaments by:

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Most games won

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madelGustav Richard Ludwig Neumann (15 December 1838 – 16 February 1881) was a German chess master. He won all 34 of his games at the aforementioned Berlin 1865 tournament.

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Most games lost

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madelNicholas Menalaus MacLeod holds the record for the most games lost in a single tournament: he lost 31 games at the Sixth American Chess Congress at New York 1889, while winning six and drawing one.

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