Ten fun facts about Chess

Fact 1
It is one of the world's most popular games, played by millions of people worldwide at home, in clubs, online, by correspondence, and in tournaments.

Fact 2
The first official World Chess Champion, Wilhelm Steinitz, claimed his title in 1886.

Fact 3
The current World Champion is Norwegian chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen.

Fact 4
Aside from the World Championship, there are the Women's World Championship, the Junior World Championship, the World Senior Championship, the Correspondence Chess World Championship, the World Computer Chess Championship, and Blitz and Rapid World Championships.

Fact 5
The first chess game played between space and earth was on June 9, 1970 by the Soyez-9 crew. The game ended in a draw.

Fact 6
The Chess Olympiad is a popular competition among teams from different nations.

Fact 7
Chess is a recognized sport of the International Olympic Committee and international chess competition is sanctioned by the World Chess Federation (FIDE).

Fact 8
The computer Deep Blue was the first machine to overcome a reigning World Chess Champion in a match, when it defeated Garry Kasparov in 1997.

Fact 9
The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves for both sides in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.

Fact 10
The longest game of chess that is theoretically possible is 5,949 moves.

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Short about Chess
is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid.