Strange Trivia in Sports - Chess

Some strange trivia, facts, records, and events in the history of the sport of Chess.


Robert Wyler, of Glendale, Calif., has played as many as 1,000 games at a time through the mail.

During W.W. II, RAF POWs frequently used chess games with German guards to distract their captors and help comrades escape.

Some chess masters insist that they will not play unless smoking is banned from the room. Not infrequently this tactic is intended to torture opponents who are chronic smokers. If it affects their game adversely, so much the better.

The 1st U.S. champion, Paul Morphy, had such great powers of recall that he was able to recite the text of the civil code of Louisiana from memory; he passed the bar exam in that State at age 19. When he was 21, he became the youngest world champion of chess and retired 3 years later due to lack of competition.

A match between Dr. Munro MacLennan and Lawrence Grant began at Aberdeen University, Scotland, on November 24, 1926, and is still being played. The contestants make one move each time they correspond.

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