When it comes to the magnificent game of chess, playing is just one part of the fun. Learning the rich history of chess is not only incredibly interesting, but educational as well. NYChessKids' talented instructors often tell students that many of the renowned chess grandmasters have honed their own skills by poring over the decisive moves of historic chess games. Here are some of the shortest, the longest, and the best recorded chess games of all time:
What was the shortest chess game ever played?
The shortest chess game, Darling-Wood, took place in 1983 and ended with black checkmating on the second move (1.g4 e6 2.f4?? Qh4#). Since that match, three other games have ended with black checkmating on the second move as well. In 1908, during the Cape Town Chess Club handicap tournament, in a game at odds of pawn and move, white accomplished checkmate on the second move. This historic match was between W. Cook and a “R____g”, upheaving the record previously set by the Leeky-Mason match in Dublin, 1867.
What was the longest chess game ever played?
In terms of the number of moves, the longest tournament chess game ever played was Nikolić-Arsovi in Belgrade, 1989, which lasted for a total of 269 moves. Before the game was declared drawn, the match had lasted for over 20 hours. This lengthy game was possible through a modification of the fifty-move rule by the FIDE, which has since been rescinded. While this has never been achieved, the longest chess game could theoretically last for 5,949 moves!
What was one of the best chess games ever played?
One of the greatest chess games, in both creativity and scale, was Kasparov versus the World in 1999, played over the Internet. In this astounding match, Garry Kasparov faced the World Team, which made moves decided by plurality vote from over 50,000 individuals. Over 75 countries came together to play this game against Kasparov, for over four months.
After 62 months, Kasparov won the game and defeated the World Team. Kasparov declared the match to be the greatest game in the history of chess, as “the sheer number of ideas" and complexity made an important contribution to the world of chess.
NYChessKids, one of eminent chess schools of America, encourages students to become immersed in the roots of chess. Remembering the most clever moves and historic chess games of the past can seriously help to improve chess games played in the future.