On Saturday 21st February 2004, Andrew Martin, International Chess Master, beat the world record for playing simultaneous chess games.
The previous was held by Swedish Grand Master Ulf Andersson who played a 310 simultaneous boards in Alvsjo, Sweden, on the 6th of January 1996.
The event was organisied in order to raise money for youth activities and charities and in the end Andrew set a new record by playing 321 opponents all at the same time!
With players of all ages and from all over the world, Andrew won a massive 294 games, drawing 26 and losing only 1.
The event was held at Wellington College in Crowthorne, Berkshire on the 21st February 2004 and ran for 16 hours 50 Minutes and 56 Seconds.
In this time over 7000 moves were made resulting in an move being made approximately every 9 seconds!
For full details please read the press release.
Andrew is an International Master, FIDE Master, British Chess Master and World Record Holder for simulateanous chess games. With numerous top placings in the British Championships he is the winner of many tournaments and of his many scalps include wins over players such as Boris Spassky and Michael Adams.
As a professional chess coach, Andrew teaches in schools across Southern England, both to groups and individuals of any age and is the Chief Coach for the English National Junior Squad.
Together with a busy personal life he is still finds time to be an active player on the Internet Chess Club, for Camberley Chess Club and for Wood Green, who are current team champions of Great Britain.