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The Chess Quiz

Can you answer these questions about the board game chess?
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First submittedApril 30, 2018
Last updatedAugust 13, 2018
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How many squares are on a chess board?
64
What move allows a king and a rook to both move during the same turn?
Castling
What is the term for when a player is not in check, but has no legal moves?
Stalemate
Chess is derived from the game chaturanga. What country did chaturanga come from?
India
What is the highest rank in chess, requiring an Elo rating of at least 2500?
Grandmaster
What country has the highest number of people ranked in the top 100 in chess?
Russia
What player reached the highest Elo rating of all time in 2014?
Magnus Carlsen
Who recorded the second highest rating ever in 1999?
Garry Kasparov
What computer beat that player, becoming the first to ever beat a reigning world champion?
Deep Blue
What term refers to an early game move where a player sacrifices a pawn
in exchange for advantageous position? (hint: starts with g)
Gambit
What defense, named after a Mediterranean island, do almost 25% of games begin with?
Sicilian Defence
What special move allows a pawn to capture another pawn by passing it?
En Passant
What 18th century machine appeared to play chess, but was just an elaborate hoax?
Mechanical Turk
What American player beat Boris Spassky to become world champion in 1972?
Bobby Fischer
What is the term for a puzzle in which a knight must visit every square
on the chess board exactly once?
Knight's Tour
What country did 1920s world champion José Raúl Capablanca hail from?
Cuba
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level 60
Apr 30, 2018
I love how I got six right and got five points!
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level 69
May 1, 2018
It pays to be early. Fifteen for 4.
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level 61
Jul 11, 2019
I got one point for 6.. (beats 40.6% average is 8)
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level 61
Jul 11, 2019
Are points adjusted? or will wolfcam keep his 5 points? When he comes back to this quiz what will he see?
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level 83
May 1, 2018
When you brought up chaturanga, I expected the question to be about the piece's transition from elephant to bishop. Fun quiz at any rate.
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level 73
May 9, 2018
There are lots of fun names in various languages. Rook is ship in Russian and bishop is still alfil in Spanish (from elephant in Arabic)
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level 67
Aug 12, 2018
Now that you've mentioned my native language, I am obliged by divine will to give you a little Arabic chess lesson in order to sound knowledgeable. The Arabic chess piece names are: Soldier, Elephant, Horse, Castle, Minister (Vizier), and King.
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level 32
Aug 12, 2018
Elephants, in Chaturanga, are rooks.
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level 53
May 2, 2018
Can you Accept Sicily for Sicilian?
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level 69
May 5, 2018
It's always called the Sicilian Defence never the Sicily Defence just like we never refer to the King's India
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level 78
May 3, 2018
opening sacrifice for advantageous position could be greek gift?
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level 72
May 3, 2018
That's a specific bishop sacrifice on H7/H2 which isn't necessarily done in the opening.
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level 59
May 9, 2018
My sorces state that the 2nd highest rating was achieved by Kasparov in March 2000
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level 73
May 9, 2018
No
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level 23
Jun 14, 2018
2700chess says that the 2nd highest rating was by Magnus Carlsen in April 2014 (2881).
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level 65
May 9, 2018
I love chess. Wish I was better at it! I knew them all but Knight's Tour. I wonder how many moves it would take me to get to every square without any research!
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level 59
Oct 30, 2018
63 moves: there are 64 squares and you visit one square per move, not counting the one you start from
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level 69
Aug 12, 2018
I expected a question about Stefan Zweig. Great quiz anyway !
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level 71
Aug 12, 2018
Or Lewis Carroll or Vladimir Nabokov, for that matter. Or Marcel Duchamp.
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level 73
Aug 13, 2018
For this specific one, it's Garry with two R, not Gary (won't spoil it).
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level ∞
Aug 13, 2018
Fixed
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level 22
Aug 14, 2018
wow, I know nothing about chess. 2! haha!
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level 20
Aug 14, 2018
Great quiz 1 small gripe: gambit doesn't require you to sacrifice a pawn necessarily. can be any piece
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level 36
Sep 27, 2018
you are right, Halloween gambit for example
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level 59
Oct 30, 2018
The Capablanca question ins tricky: he was clearly Cuban, but when he was born Cuba was still part of Spain
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level 58
Dec 4, 2018
The greatest player of all time and current world champion - 23%. Birthplace of Capablanca - 33%. How many fast typing Countries of the World quiz fans came here and typed every country in the Spanish Empire out?