Daily Quiz

Daily Quiz

Whilst face-to-face chess is disrupted Dorset we are running a daily ‘Test Your Chess Knowledge’ quiz question (with 5 possible answers). For local quiz questions you may find the Bulletins and Chat articles helpful.

Martin Simons welcomes your feedback on the quiz and any submissions you have for questions.

Every day we will be publishing the Answers to the latest questions.

Older questions are still available: 1 to 50 and 51 to 100

Test Your Chess Knowledge No.115 – You are the Arbiter!

A club captain advises you that for a forthcoming match in the B&DCL it must vacate its premises by a certain time which may not accommodate a longer game with time increments. What do you do?
A) Insist the match is postponed.
B) Insist that the current time limits with time increments must be used.
C) Advise that a faster time limit including time increments may be used.
D) Allow a time control of 35 moves in an hour and a quarter with a 15 minute quickplay finish.
E) Depending on when the club needs to close, a faster time control to D above may be used.

Test Your Chess Knowledge No.114 – International Chess

When was FIDE, the World (International) Chess Federation founded?
A) 1894
B) 1904
C) 1914
D) 1924
E) 1934

Test Your Chess Knowledge No.113 – National Chess

In what year was the British Chess Championship first held?
A) 1894
B) 1904
C) 1914
D) 1924
E) 1934

Test Your Chess Knowledge No.112 – Local Chess

Which local chess club started to meet up outdoors in the summer (July and August) on Friday mornings?
A) Purbeck
B) Weymouth
C) Dorchester
D) Wimborne
E) Southbourne

Test Your Chess Knowledge No.111 – Chess Laws / Trivia

As seen in Question 41 we know from the starting position there are 8 different ways for Black to mate in two moves (and we showed you the different move order combinations) but how many different ways are there for White to mate in 3 moves from the starting position?
A) 47
B) 147
C) 247
D) 347
E) 447

Test Your Chess Knowledge No.110 – You are the Arbiter!

In the B&DCL what is the penalty for a team fielding an ineligible player?
A) Automatic loss of the game concerned only.
B) Automatic loss of the game concerned plus, if the Controller so determines, the loss of an additional half game point.
C) Automatic loss of the game concerned plus, if the Controller so determines, the loss of one additional game point.
D) The match score will stand but one match point will be deducted.
E) The match score will stand but two match points will be deducted.

Test Your Chess Knowledge No.109 – International Chess

Which top Grandmaster is/was popularly known as the ‘Minister of Defence’
A) Vishy Anand
B) Mickey Adams
C) Tigran Petrosian
D) Keith Arkell
E) Sergey Karjakin

Test Your Chess Knowledge No.108 – National Chess

Which English Grandmaster transferred his FIDE registration to Wales in 2015.
A) Nigel Davies
B) Nick Pert
C) Chris Ward
D) Jonathan Hawkins
E) Allan Pleasants

Test Your Chess Knowledge No.107 – Local Chess

Which local chess player was rumoured to have cycled to an ECF Council meeting from Dorset to Birmingham?
A) Alf Bullock
B) Ian Clark
C) Malcolm Steevens
D) Greville Marples
E) Frank Kingdon

Test Your Chess Knowledge No.106 – Chess laws / Trivia

In the B&DCL, what is the process for agreeing and notifying match results?
A) Match results should be input on LMS within 24 hours. Match result cards are no longer required.
B) Match results should be input on LMS within 48 hours. Match result cards are no longer required.
C) Match results should be input on LMS within 24 hours. Match result cards should be signed by both match captains as confirmation of the result.
D) Match results should be input on LMS within 48 hours. Match result cards should be signed by both match captains as confirmation of the result.
E) None of the above, there are no specific instructions.

Test Your Chess Knowledge No.105 – You are the Arbiter!

In a B&DCL Division One match, Team A’s board one player fails to turn up. You are the League Controller (arbiter) in attendance. The captain of Team A asks you what are the rules around fielding a substitute player? Your answer is …
A) The substitute player must start playing within 30 minutes of the start of the match and be graded no more than 10 points lower than any of the players on boards 2, 3 or 4.
B) The substitute player must start playing within one hour of the start of the match and be graded no more than 10 points lower than any of the players on boards 2, 3 or 4.
C) The substitute player must start playing within 30 minutes of the start of the match and can be graded more than 10 points lower than any of the players on boards 2, 3 or 4.
D) The substitute player must start playing within one hour of the start of the match and can be graded more than 10 points lower than any of the players on boards 2, 3 or 4.
E) Regardless of when the substitute player must start playing the match, either 30 minutes or one hour of the start of the match, he can only be graded more than 10 points lower than any of the players on boards 2, 3 or 4 with the permission of the opposing captain.

Test Your Chess Knowledge No.104 – International Chess

Which of the following is an untrue statement about Magnus Carlsen?
A) He became the youngest grandmaster in history of chess.
B) At two years of age, rumour had it he could solve 50-piece jigsaw puzzles
C) He is the youngest player in chess history to be ranked no.1.
D) By the time he was 5, rumour had it he could name almost all the countries in the world along with their capitals and population.
E) When asked why he started playing chess, Magnus revealed that he started showing real interest in learning the game because he wanted to beat his elder sister.

Test Your Chess Knowledge No.103 – National Chess

Chess used to be played by sand timers. When was the first mechanical clock introduced?
A) 1860s
B) 1880s
C) 1900s
D) 1920s
E) 1940s

Test Your Chess Knowledge No.102 – Local Chess

Who is the current Dorset (Closed) Chess Champion?
A) Ian Clark
B) Martin Simons
C) Mike Waddington
D) Allan Pleasants
E) James Forster

Test Your Chess Knowledge No.101 – Chess Laws / Trivia

In the B&DCL, each club secretary shall send to the League Controller, a list of all its club members who are expected to play in the League Tournament not later than how many days before the start of the playing season?
A) It does not matter, the League Controller is a nice person and will accept the list any time before the team’s first match.
B) 5 days
C) 7 days (i.e. one week)
D) 10 days
E) 14 days (i.e. two weeks)