Here are a few fun tidbits I found while perusing chess.com:
· There are 318, 979, 564, 000 possible ways to play the first four moves of a chess game on each side of the board.
· In 1891, a group in Dublin, Ireland formed the “Club of Living Chess,” where live players were used as the pieces. The group performed for charity events.
· The shortest chess game recorded lasted for only one move. It was played between Rogoff and Huber in 1972.
Many thanks to "jojo" who originally submitted an extended version of the list in 2007.