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Saturday, August 28, 2010

IM Dean Ippolito to attempt World Record for chess simul

Capablanca: World Record for highest win
percentage in a simul. That's an 88-year-old record.

Hello Everyone,

Playing one game of chess requires strength and energy apart from tremendous focus. You can imagine then how a simul takes one to the limits of one's physical and mental abilities.

How far can one go? A 100 games at a time? Maybe, more. Well! the world record for the most games during a simul is held by Iranian Grandmaster Morteza Majoob who is 29 years old. He set the record on August 13, 2009 in Tehran in an event titled 'Rokh-dar-rokh 500 (rook vs. rook 500)'. It included 200 professional chess players, 280 chess enthusiasts and 20 cinema actors and sportsmen. Majoob finished with 397 wins, 90 draws and 13 draws for a score of 442/500. That's an 88.4 win percentage.

Iranian grandmaster Morteza Majoob during
his simul world record in 2009.

IM Dean Ippolito is going to attempt to break that record on November 27, 2010. If Ippolito has to break that record then he will have to walk at least 26.2 miles. That's a marathon. He will also have to play for least 18 straight hours and notch up at least a 75 win percentage.

IM Ippolito also wants to break the 88-year-old winning percentage record in a simultaneous, which was set by former World Champion Jose Raul Capablanca, who played 102 games and won 101 and drew 1 for a 99.5 percent win percentage.

IM Ippolito has not lost a game in a simultaneous since the early 90s, which includes simultaneous wins against Masters, National Champions, and other top chess players. IM Ippolito routinely plays 50-player exhibitions and has played several exhibitions with over a 100 players, one of the first such when he was just 10 years old.

If you want to be part of the world record attempt you can sign up here.

IM Ippolito grew up in Boonton, NJ and currently resides in Whitehouse Station, NJ with his wife and two kids.

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