Curious Chess Facts

    A Collection of 206 Amazing, Amusing, Interesting, and Fantastic Facts about the Game of Chess, its moves and its players

    Curious Chess Facts
    img
    Our Price: $8.95

    Catalog Product Code: B0236IS

    *Eligible for Media Mail Shipping Details
    In Stock Ready To Ship
    Share product with a friends & opponents!
    img img img img
    Publication Date: March 25, 2013
    Notation Type: NL - Notationless
    Page Count: 64

    Curious Chess Facts is Irving Chernev's first book. Published in 1937, it is his famous collection of chess anecdotes. The facts in this book are so famous that they have become part of chess lore, repeated thousands of times, published in countless books and magazine articles by many different authors, such that it is almost forgotten that this book is the original published source.

    Here are some examples: At a dinner somebody gave a toast to the World Chess Champion. Both Steinitz and Zukertort stood up. (They played a match to determine the real world champion. Steinitz won the match but Zukertort had finished three points ahead of him in London 1883.) This is Curious Chess Fact Number 197 in this book.

    One that I use that often helps me remember chess history is that Steinitz was World Champion for 28 years. His record was not quite equaled by Lasker who was world champion for 27 years. This is Curious Chess Fact Number 21.

    Since I remember that Lasker lost the world title to Capablanca in a match in 1921, I can calculate back to determine the year in which Lasker won the world championship by defeating Steinitz in a match. Then, going back another 28 years I can calculate the year that Steinitz defeated Adolf Anderssen who some consider to have been the first world chess champion.

    Another example is that Marshall won a famous game by a queen sacrifice that was so brilliant that the spectators showered the board with gold pieces. This is Curious Chess Fact Number 9. The moves of the game itself with the spectacular queen sacrifice are to be found in almost every anthology of famous chess games. The story that the spectators showered the board with gold pieces is always included with the moves.

    The list goes on any on. There are so many of them that you just have to read this book to see and recall them.

    Related Products

    • Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work Articles - 1942 - 1956 - RUSSIAN EDITION
      This is the Second in a series of four books by World Chess Champion Mikhail Botvinnik. The first three books cover his chess career. This, the last volume covers his essays on a variety of topics of interest to him. The four volumes are: Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work 1923-1941  Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work 1942-1956  Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work 1957-1970  Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work Articles, Memoirs 1928-1986
      img

      Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work Articles - 1942 - 1956 - RUSSIAN EDITION

      Catalog Code: B0248IS
      Our Price: $34.95

    • The Chess-Player's Companion
      This is the third in a series of three books by Howard Staunton, who is considered to have been the best player in the world at that time.
      img

      The Chess-Player's Companion

      Catalog Code: B0098IS
      Our Price: $29.95

    • Dick's Games of Patience or Solitaire with Cards
      This is a reprint of a book published in 1883 and 1884. There have been at least a dozen editions of this book but we believe that the 1883 edition was the first edition.
      img

      Dick's Games of Patience or Solitaire with Cards

      Catalog Code: B0151IS
      Our Price: $14.95

    • Kings of Chess
      Championships of the Twentieth Century
      This is one of the great classics of chess literature. British Champion William Winter deeply annotates 50 games that were played in matches for the World Chess Championship, starting with the 1907 match between Lasker and Marshall and ending with the 1951 match between Botvinnk and Bronstein. Winter writes with authority about these famous games, because he was personally present when many of them were played.
      img

      Kings of Chess

      Championships of the Twentieth Century
      Catalog Code: B0057IS
      Our Price: $25.95

    • How to be a Winner at Chess
      21st Century Edition
      The Essence of Good Chess The incomparable Fred Reinfeld is back in print! This new 21st-century edition is presented in modern algebraic notation in a double-column format, with more diagrams and a refresher course for beginners. How to be a Winner at Chess is among the very best introductory chess books ever produced, bar none. In it Reinfeld manages to capture the essence of good chess in a most readable, enjoyable, easy-to-grasp format. How to be a Winner at Chess is designed for the average player who knows the moves and rules but not much more. Warning! - you have to be able to read! Let Fred Reinfeld, the master wordsmith and instructor take you to the next level - in short turn you into a winner.
      img

      How to be a Winner at Chess

      21st Century Edition
      Catalog Code: B0065RE
      Our Price: $12.95

    • Watson on the Play of the Hand at Contract Bridge
      This is THE BOOK that every strong bridge player in the world has studied. Louis H. WATSON, the author of this book, was rated as one of the ten outstanding Bridge players in the world by all experts and authorities.
      img

      Watson on the Play of the Hand at Contract Bridge

      Catalog Code: B0021IS
      Our Price: $29.95

    • White to Play and Win PLUS Simple Chess
      When "White to Play and Win" was first published, it created a great sensation because the author, Weaver W. Adams, claimed to be able to prove that White has a win by force from the very first move, against any defense. Although the author was never able to prove his central thesis, he did prove that these lines were lethal against the average tournament chess player.
      img

      White to Play and Win PLUS Simple Chess

      Catalog Code: B0022IS
      Our Price: $19.95

    • Howard Staunton - 1810-74
      Howard Staunton, chess champion, writer and Shakespearean scholar was a figure of controversy in nineteenth century chess circles: He is remembered chiefly as the man who avoided playing Morphy and as the author of numerous vitriolic articles. It is on his chess writings that this book concentrates.
      img

      Howard Staunton - 1810-74

      Catalog Code: B0072IS
      Our Price: $25.95

    • Reunited
      Kramnik vs. Topalov 2006
      Following the split with FIDE when World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov defended his title in a match with Nigel Short in 1993 outside of FIDE, there had been two world chess champions, the “Classical Champion” who had won his title by defeating the current champion in a long match, and the FIDE World Champion who had won one of the World Championship tournaments organized by FIDE.
      img

      Reunited

      Kramnik vs. Topalov 2006
      Catalog Code: B0243IS
      Our Price: $25.95

    • The Joys of Chess
      Heroes, Battles & Brilliancies
      The Joys of Chess is an unforgettable intellectual expedition to the remotest corners of the Royal Game. En route, intriguing thought experiments, strange insights and hilarious jokes will offer vistas you have never seen before. The beauty, the struggle, the culture, the fun, the art and the heroism of chess – you will find them all in this sparkling book that will give you many hours of intense joy.
      img

      The Joys of Chess

      Heroes, Battles & Brilliancies
      Catalog Code: B0102NIC
      Our Price: $34.95

    Tell us what you think about this item!
    lb