- The longest chess game theoretically possible is 5,949 moves.
- The record number of moves without the capture of a piece is 100.
- The longest recorded time for a chess player to make a move is 2 hours and 20 minutes.
- The word "checkmate" comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat," which means "the King is dead."
- Rookies are named after the rook in chess. Rooks generally are the last pieces to move into actions, and the same goes for rookies.
- Iran is the only country in the world that bans chess. Ayatollah Khomeini said the game "hurts memory and may cause brain damage."
- The most popular PBS television show aired was the 1972 Bobby Fischer-Boris Spassky chess match.
Source: Daytona Beach News Journal