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a game of skill played by moving various game pieces within an 8x8 grid according to predetermined rules. The objective is to "checkmate" the "king."

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Are there any women in the top one hundred chess players?

According to this video, a Polish politician named Janusz Korwin-Mikke claimed: Do you know how many women are in the first hundred of chess players? I tell you – no one. Is he correct that zero ...
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Does Chess ELO correlate with IQ?

Does the chess ELO rating of players (who have trained/played approximately the same amount of time) correlate positively with IQ? A usual claim is 'IQ and chess ELO ratings don't correlate', a view ...
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Did chess not appear until after the death of Mohammad?

In the book The Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi made a claim: Researchers have proven that chess did not appear until after the death of the Prophet Did chess not ...
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Does playing chess burn as many calories as running?

I heard once that when two Chess Grandmasters play a five hour game of chess, the intense concentration and focus they have causes their bodies to burn as many calories as someone playing a sport ...
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Is the shortest stalemate in chess ten moves long?

This is often stated as being the shortest stalemate ever, however, is it actually the shortest? I am looking for any brute-force attempts that show that 10 moves is the absolute minimum for a ...
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Are there more 40-moves chess games than atoms in the universe?

I read this tweet recently: "There are more possible games of chess lasting 40 moves than there are atoms in the entire universe. Intriguing to know." I find this highly doubtful. Could ...