London, Apr 30 : A Russian man worked between his heartbeats for six months to create the smallest chess game in the world.
This microscopic chess set is equivalent to a match head, with the board measuring 3.5 mm by 2.5 mm and the gold and silver pieces 0.15 mm and 0.3 mm in height.
This extraordinary chess set is designed by micro-miniaturist Vladimir Aniskin, who has taken a decade to perfect his craft.
The miniature designer makes use of self-designed powerful microscopes and equipment and claims that he has to work between his heartbeats to create the minute pieces.
"While working I hold my creation in my fingers. Even one's heartbeat disturbs such minute work, so particularly delicate work has to be done between heartbeats," Times Online quoted him, as saying.
It took him six months to create the chess and he already has to his credit 40 other works, including her first, which was a grain of rice inscribed with 2,027 letters.
"The rice grain took three months, camels in an eye of a needle took two months and camels in a horse hair also took two months. Even with these simpler jobs it is still time-consuming," he said.
30-year-old Aniskin, is employed at the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science in Tyumen, specialising in developing microphobes for aerodynamic investigations.