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obelix101

Jul 4, 2009

#1

This is a rough translation from a norwegian Guinness book of Records, from 1968:

The shortest game ever registered between two grand masters, was in four moves. Lazard defeated Gibaud in a chess cafè in Paris in 1924.

cofail

Jul 4, 2009

#2

why did white resign??

obelix101

Jul 4, 2009

#3

Chessy4000 wrote:

why did white resign??

Because he either had to lose his queen or open up his king

BFM

Jul 4, 2009

#4

Isnt a game that ends with 0 or 1 move being played (opponent refusing to appear to make a move)technically a shorter game?

For example, Fischer vs Spassky - game 2 or Kramnik vs Topalov, game 5.

dragon27

Jul 4, 2009

#5

I think this is a wrong statement... THe two move checkmate is the shortest game in history... i even know some people who resign after thier first move, SO THIS IS FAKE! ;)

Mainline_Novelty

Jul 4, 2009

#7

no, i think its actually'

NM RobKing

Jul 4, 2009

#8

obelix101 wrote:

This is a rough translation from a norwegian Guinness book of Records, from 1968:

The shortest game ever registered between two grand masters, was in four moves. Lazard defeated Gibaud in a chess cafè in Paris in 1924.

This is wrong. The move is 4... Ne3!! , not 4. ... Nxf2?

GnohGnakNat

Jul 4, 2009

#9

ya it should be 4. ...Ne3!!

Bankaniere

Jul 4, 2009

#10

1968... well probably it was theshortest game bach then. But i have a game from 1990.

chesspeppers42

Oct 17, 2015

#11

Well white deserved it, he played like an earthwormThe shortest game in history - Guiness record - Chess Forums (13)

AutisticCath

Oct 17, 2015

#12

if pawn takes knight, Qh4+, pawn to g3, Qxg3#

Dec 13, 2017

#13

Thank you for sharing obelix101. I also have it like that. My “Chess Dad” showed me, many years ago. Brings back good memories. Thank you.

Strangemover

Dec 13, 2017

#14

There is some question about the validity of this game. In British Chess Magazine, June 1921, Eugene Znosko-Borovsky cited a skittles game 'played in Paris last year' Gibaud-Lazard which went 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Bg4 3.Ne5 Nf6 4.Nxg4 Nxg4 5.Nd2 e5 6.h3 Ne3 0-1. Whilst containing the same theme this would make the game 6 moves and played in 1920, although it was a casual game in any case. Incidentally Fred Lazard composed many notable endgame studies and Amedee Gibaud won the French Championship 5 times between 1924-1940.

FuzzleOIL

Dec 13, 2017

#15

Am I the only one who has problems too see old diagrams in the forums? I only see a "Loading ...", but not the board.

Here it works for me: https://www.chess.com/forum/view/general/gibaud-vs-lazard-1924

robertjames_perez

Dec 14, 2017

#16

3 moves draw of Wesley So is the shortest game ever played between GMs!

henryhughes9

Dec 19, 2017

#17

IM poucin

Dec 20, 2017

#18

FuzzleOIL a écrit :

Am I the only one who has problems too see old diagrams in the forums? I only see a "Loading ...", but not the board.

Here it works for me: https://www.chess.com/forum/view/general/gibaud-vs-lazard-1924

same for me...

Mike_Aronchuk

Dec 20, 2017

#19

What about this?

ebillgo

Dec 21, 2017

#20

Guiness Records are full of pointless entries. Some are irksome: the longest fingernails etc. The record game here is also pointless. When a record is so easy to achieve, what 's the point ? A more meaningful example is the longest winning streak etc.

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