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02/24/2009 10:24 AM ID: 77229 Permalink   

Chess Marathon Record Broken


Kiril Georgiev, a chess grandmaster from Bulgaria, has broken a chess world record by playing 360 games simultaneously, and finishing the games in 14 hours and 8 minutes. He lost just six of the games and drew 70 of them.

His opponents ranged from children to pensioners and before he could qualify for the record, he had to win at least 80% of the games played. Officials confirm that Georgiev won 88%. The feat is now being submitted to the Guinness Book of Records.

The last record was held by Susan Polgar, who in 2005 played 326 games simultaneously, losing just three of them, drawing 14, and winning 309.

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Thanks for the info, but I can't say I'm impressed.

It's like cheering for someone who wins the gold in an Olympic marathon but then scratching your head wondering what they hell when someone runs from Florida to Alaska on foot.
"The Guinness World Records offically recognizes Lu Chao as the world record holder with 67,890 decimal places memorized. It took him just over 24 hours to recite all of those digits without an error. However, a man named Akira Haraguchi claims to know 100,000 digits, but this is not an official record."

bleh I know it up to
I used to know it up to the first double eights.

But it's just unawardable. It's like you need help, sir. Come this way.
  by: LykosSN4   02/24/2009 04:13 PM     
Well I guess these kind of people are worth their weight if we're able to extract something else useful. Give the pi memorizer the task of creating a super hashed algorithm and use him as a security measure.

Use the chess guy to predict certain probability outcomes or use him as a battlefield tatical officer coordinater.

That's the only positive thing I see out of all these oddballs. Give them a real job to execute their abilities.

execute / exploit whatever
  by: LykosSN4   02/24/2009 04:17 PM     
Wait Wait Wait
He played 360
lost 6
drew 70
so he won 284

thats 78.9%. How's he gonna be in the record books?
  by: yreulogy   02/25/2009 03:39 AM     
Good point! It'd seem they counted half of the draw's as losses and half as wins... giving him 88% but that's an odd way of counting it.
  by: Svengali   02/25/2009 05:47 PM     
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