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4 New Records:

After everything ended, the following four records were broken:

– 326 Simultaneous Games Played (Official first record against 326 players: 309 wins, 14 draws and 3 losses = 96.93% in 16 hours and 30 minutes)
– Most games won 309
– Highest percentage 96.93%
– 1,131 Consecutive Games Played (Overall statistics which included 551 opponents: 1,112 wins, 16 draws and 3 losses = 99.03%)

Fun facts:

3:45 PM – 6,816 steps taken – 4.3 miles
5:15 PM – 8,091 steps taken – 5.1 miles
6:45 PM – 8,879 steps taken – 5.6 miles
9:15 PM – 9,733 steps taken – 6.1 miles
12:00 AM – 11,421 steps taken – 7.2 miles
1:00 AM – 12,395 steps taken – 7.85 miles
2:00 AM – 13,220 steps taken – 8.4 miles
3:00 AM – 14,361 steps taken – 9.1 miles

Only five 5-minute breaks during the entire record simul.
The youngest player was 4 years old and the oldest was 95.
We had players were from the United States, Turkey, Australia, Sweden, Jamaica, Hungary, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia and Canada, etc.

Previous Records:

1st previous record: 321 games (294 wins, 26 draws, 1 loss = 95.64%) by IM Andrew Martin (England)
2nd previous record: 1102 games played consecutively by WGM Anna-Maria Botsari (Greece)
3rd previous record: 95.64% by IM Andrew Martin (England)

The last official game ended at 3:00 AM.

Special guests included vice mayor (and former mayor) Eric Jablin, countless officials from Palm Beach Gardens, the Managing Director of the US Chess Trust Barbara DeMaro and the Executive Director of the USCF Mr. Bill Hall.

This would not have happened without the hard work of countless people from Palm Beach Gardens. Thank you everyone for your tireless efforts. But the biggest credits have to go to Mr. Joel Channing and the Channing Corporation, Don Schultz, Jon and Jeffrey Haskel, the Susan Polgar Foundation, Barbara DeMaro and the U.S. Chess Trust, International Chess Marketing, American Chess Equipment, Excalibur Electronics and the World Chess Hall of Fame, The Gardens Mall, Northern Palm Beaches Chamber of Commerce, Boca Raton Chess Club, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, The Palm Beach Post, Florida Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Palm Beach Gardens Marriott and William T. Dwyer High School, and many more people for making this possible.

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