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Matti Rantanen vs Shlomo Smiltiner
Munich Olympiad qual-2 (1958), Munich FRG, rd 8, Oct-08
Nimzo-Indian Defense: St. Petersburg Variation (E43)  ·  1-0



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Jan-28-08  Arbitrarily0: This is the shortest game (87 moves) in which all of the squares had been temporarily occupied. The final square to have a piece placed on it was a3. Smiltiner unknowingly broke the record with 81...Ra3.
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  Shams: <Arbitrarily0> how on earth did you come across this stat?
Feb-23-09  WhiteRook48: maybe he checked the game 64 times in a row observing each square, or made a chessboard diagram and marked an X on a square if a piece was placed on it?
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <This is the shortest game (87 moves) in which all of the squares had been temporarily occupied.>

This is not, in fact, accurate. This is the earliest occurrence (move 81) of all 64 squares having been <moved to>, that is, the initial occupation of first, second, seventh and eighth ranks does not count. (Also, at 87 moves, the shortest game where this happens.)

For instance, in Karpov vs P Nikolic, 2000 all squares have been <temporarily occupied> as early as 31...Na6. (Even this is not a record.) Of course, that game is actually longer than this, but many others are not.

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