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Chess Grandmaster sets new game record

I’ve played over 100 correspondence chess games at once and avoided losing my mind. From AFP-

Bulgarian grandmaster Kiril Georgiev managed to break the world record for the largest number of simultaneous chess games played, organisers said Monday.

Georgiev played a total of 360 games simultaneously and wrapped up his chess marathon within 14 hours and 8 minutes.

He registered only six losses and some 70 draws, winning the rest of the games, against opponents who ranged from children to pensioners.

In order to qualify for the record Georgiev had to win 80 percent of the games and he registered a winning percentage of 88 percent, organisers said.

I’ve taken part in a few simultaneous exhibitions in my life. My record isn’t good, 4 losses in 4 tries. It is fun to be up close with a chess grandmaster.

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