The word “Checkmate” in Chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means “the King is dead.”
In theory, the longest chess game can go up to 5,949 moves.
"Game and Playe of the Chesse," the second book ever printed in the English language, was a chess book.
The number of possibilities of a Knight's tour is over 122 million.
Longest chess game ever was Nikolić–Arsović, Belgrade 1989. It lasted for 269 moves and took 20 hours and 15 minutes and ended in draw.
It's possible in chess to win in only two moves, by executing a two move checkmate or “Fool's Mate”.
Otto Blathy is credited for creating the longest Chess Problem, mate in 290 moves.
Pawn is the weakest chess piece.
The modern chessboard as we see it today appeared first in Europe in 1090.