28 Jul 2018
Chess records that might never get broken
One of the oldest and most complicated games ever invented, chess has a rich and varied legacy.
In the history of chess, there have been some moments which might never happen again.
Such brilliant moments are either created by chance or sheer genius of the player.
Here's a look at 5 such chess records which might never get broken.
The mad genius with the crazy record
Mikhail Tal is a unique personality in the history of chess.
The 8th World Champion is considered the best attacking player of all time.
He often sacrificed his pieces to not give his opponent a positional advantage.
Tal has the longest (95 games) as well as the second longest (84 games) winning streaks ever, a record which would remain unbroken in foreseeable future.
On the top for 27 years
Born in 1868, Emanuel Lasker became World Champion in 1894, defeating Wilhelm Steinitz.
Lasker, then, held on to the title for an unbelievable 27 years and lost to Capablanca in 1921 with the score of 0-4 and no loss.
Besides being a chess champion, Lasker was a mathematician and a philosopher.
Further, he was a world class contract bridge player as well.
Simultaneous 64-square battles
Ehsan Ghaem-Maghami, an Iranian grandmaster, has an amazing record to his name.
Guinness World Record recognizes him as the player who has competed in the most number of chess matches simultaneously.
From February 8 to 9, 2011 the 9-time Iranian national champion played on 604 boards.
Notably, he won 97.35% of his total matches.
Highest ever live rating and FIDE rating
Who else can possess this record except the one considered the GOAT?
Magnus Carlsen has the highest ever recorded FIDE rating (2882).
He overtook Gary Kasparov's record of 2,851 in 2013.
Carlsen also has the record of highest live rating to his name, with the score reading 2,889.2, the average of the best of his classical, rapid and blitz ratings.
If Carlsen is near, records can't be far away
Not many chess players can come close to the achievements of this Norwegian genius.
He is the only chess player ever to hold the titles across all three formats-classical, blitz, and rapid.
Some of the other players might have achieved this, if all the formats were operating then.
But, it will be a difficult task to replicate this record in future.