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World records in chess

Some World records in the game of chess (as played at the professional level):

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Longest game The longest chess game ever to be played was Nikolic - Arsovic, Belgrade 1989, which lasted for 20 hours and 15 minutes with a 269 move draw.

Shortest tournament game The shortest decisive game ever played in a tournament is often considered to be was Djordjeic - Kovacevic, Bela Crkva 1984. It lasted for only 3 moves (1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c6 3.e3 Qa5+ winning the bishop).

There have been a number of forfeited games (which could technically be regarded as a loss in zero moves - the most notable example is game two of the 1972 World Championship match between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer), and a number of shorter frivolous examples (a game between Fischer and Panno, for example, went 1. d4 d5 2.c4 resigns - Panno's resignation is more a sign of his unwillingness to play than any reflection of the position on the board).

Latest first capture In the game between Filopowicz and Smederavac, Polanica Zdroj 1966, lasted went 70 moves without a single capture. The game ended as a draw.

Longest decisive game without a capture Nuber - Keckeisen, Mengen 1994 lasted 31 moves without a single capture. In the end Keckeisen resigned.

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