Did You Know: National Chess Day (Oct. 9)

There are 64 squares on a chess board. — AP PHOTO

• The longest game of chess that is possible is of 5,949 moves.

• The modern chess board as we see it today appeared first in Europe in 1090.

• The longest game lasted for 269 moves and ended in a draw.

• The first mechanical clock to be used instead of sand glass was invented by Thomas Wilson in 1883. The modern push button clock was introduced by Veenhoff in 1900.

• Chess was in fact invented in India. It is believed to originate out of India during the Gupta empire. Chess made its way to the West in the 9th century.

• There are in fact 400 different possible positions after one move each. It rises to 72,084 different positions after two moves each. The figure rises to over 9 million after three moves.

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

• There are 64 squares on a chess board.

• Alongside Sudoku and other puzzles and games, chess has been named as one of the best ways to improve the mind and the memory.

• Patients with Alzheimer’s are often encouraged to play chess in their spare time.

• The oldest discovered chess set was used during the filming of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” The chess set was found on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland, but was made somewhere in Scandinavia and is thought to date back to pre-12th century. (www.thefactssite.com/chess).

Contact staff writer Chanel Hill at (215) 893-5716 or at chill@phillytrib.com.

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