While face-to-face chess is disrupted in 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.
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.281 – Chess Laws / Trivia
Prior to Covid times, and in particular had you been playing in the Corus Chess Tournament in 2008, what would have happened if you had refused to shake your opponent’s hand?
A) You would have been deducted time.
B) Your opponent would have been given extra time.
C) You would have forfeited the match.
D) The arbiter would have been called over and given you a verbal warning for unsportsmanlike conduct.
E) Nothing but it would not have been good etiquette.
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.280 – Bits & Pieces!
Chess novice and speed learner Max Deutsch lost a game to Magnus Carlsen in 2017 after he had one month to prepare. Then, at the beginning of April 2021 there was a rumour that Magnus Carlsen had retired from chess as a result of losing a bet when he lost a chess rematch against Max Deutsch. What was the gambit opening supposedly played by Max Deutsch?
A) Evans Gambit
B) Morra Gambit
C) Kings Gambit
D) Danish Gambit
E) Blackmar Diemer Gambit
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.279 – International Chess
How many official World Champions have lost their title to their very first challenger, never to regain it?
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.278 – National Chess
Baruch Wood (B.H. Wood) was not only a good chess player but he founded the now famous CHESS magazine? How long was he the Editor of this magazine for?
A) 23 years
B) 33 years
C) 43 years
D) 53 years
E) 63 years
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.277 – Local Chess
Which club narrowly lost the last B&DCL Team Handicap Knockout Cup Final played in 2019?
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.276 – Chess Laws / Trivia
At the beginning of April 2021, it was alleged that FIDE had changed an international rule of chess with immediate effect but what was this rule change?
A) That en passant can be played on any move not just on the move immediately following when an adjacent pawn moves forward two squares next to the opponent’s pawn which is on the 5th rank.
B) That castling can be played regardless if either (or both) the king and rook have previously moved.
C) The removal of the 50 move draw rule.
D) The removal of the stalemate rule – the player moving last and creating the stalemate now wins!
E) The removal of all draws.
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.275 – Bits & Pieces!
Which past World Chess Champion made the following interesting statement? … ‘I am convinced, the way one plays chess always reflects the player’s personality. If something defines his character, then it will also define his way of playing’.
A) Magnus Carlsen
B) Vishy Anand
C) Vladimir Kramnik
D) Garry Kasparov
E) Anatoly Karpov
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.274 – International Chess
How many moves were played in the longest World Championship game of chess?
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.273 – National Chess
Which English player won the World Under 10 Chess Championship at the age of eight?
A) Nigel Short
B) Mickey Adams
C) Matthew Sadler
D) Luke McShane
E) David Howell
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.272 – Local Chess
Which is the only local club to have won the B&DCL Team Handicap Knockout Cup in three consecutive years?
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.271 – Chess Laws / Trivia
In the UK, as things stand, when is the earliest that B&DCL and Dorset league chess matches might be permitted to resume indoors?
A) 12th April 2021
B) 17th May 2021
C) 21st June 2021
D) This has not yet been determined by the UK Government.
E) This will determined by the English Chess Federation.
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.270 – Bits & Pieces!
What do Grandmasters Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Hou Yifan both have in common in relation to a FIDE tournament game?
A) They have been defaulted for not shaking their opponent’s hands.
B) They have been defaulted for turning up to their boards late.
C) They have tried to castle by touching their rooks first (instead of their kings) which was not allowed. They were then both made to make a legal move with their rooks.
D) They forgot to press their clocks and lost on time.
E) They have both made illegal moves.
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.269 – International Chess
Which of these players served as a second to Nigel Short in his 1993 World Chess Championship match versus Kasparov?
A) Robert Hübner
B) Mickey Adams
C) Boris Gelfand
D) Artur Yusupov
E) Boris Gulko
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.268 – National Chess
The ECF Yearbook 2021 has recently just been issued. How many pages long is it?
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.267 – Local Chess
Which Highcliffe player has managed to retrieve the B&DCL Team Handicap Knockout Trophy after it had been in self-isolation for a year?
A) Adam Ursell
B) Richard Ursell
C) Robert Halse
D) Christian Westrap
E) Ron Salinger
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.266 – Chess Laws / Trivia
Which famous chess player once made this amusing comment ‘Up to this point, White has been following well-known analysis. But now he makes a fatal error, he begins to use his own head’?
A) Wilhelm Steinitz
B) Emanuel Lasker
C) Mikhail Chigorin
D) José Raúl Capablanca
E) Siegbert Tarrasch
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.265 – Bits & Pieces!
In 1973, a chess tournament in Cleveland, Ohio, was raided by the police. They arrested the director of the tournament as well as confiscated the chess sets but what were the charges?
A) Aiding and abetting.
B) Permitting gambling and on the possession of gambling devices.
C) Possessing stolen property.
D) Tax evasion
E) Money Laundering
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.264 – International Chess
Which Indian chess player won an award in the Indian BBC Sports Personality competition for 2020?
A) Vishy Anand
B) Pentala Harikrishna
C) Koneru Humpy
D) Dronavalli Harika
E) Vidit Santosh Gujrathi
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.263 – National Chess
Which County has recently won the Western Counties Online Championship?
E) Dorset & Wilts
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.262 – Local Chess
Up to 31st March, which local player has won most Monday evening individual Ringwood Online Chess Tournaments in 2021?
A) Richard Ursell
B) Adam Ursell
C) Reenen Du Toit
D) Jon Catchpole
E) Martin Clancy
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.261 – Chess Laws / Trivia
Which famous chess player once said ‘Those who say they understand chess, understand nothing.’
A) Aron Nimzowitsch
B) François-André Danican Philidor
C) Fred Reinfeld
D) Robert Hübner
E) José Raúl Capablanca
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.260 – Bits & Pieces!
We all know Magnus Carlsen loves football, quite possibly because he was coached chess by Simen Agdestein (who played football for the Norway international team) when he was as a junior but which is Carlsen’s favourite football team?
A) Manchester United
C) Real Madrid
E) Bayern Munich
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.259 – International Chess
How many World Chess Champions have regained their title in a match situation against the current World Champion having previously lost it?
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.258 – National Chess
In March 2021 the ECF announced that it has had to cancel the 2021 British Chess Championship. Do you know where it is now planning to hold the 2022 British Chess Championship?
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.257 – Local Chess
The 2021 1st Dorset Online Rapidplay Championship ended in a 3 way tie but who between?
A) Andrej Furjel, Allan Pleasants & Peter Anderson
B) Andrej Furjel, Allan Pleasants & Richard Allis
C) Christian Westrap, Richard Allis & Peter Anderson
D) Allan Pleasants, Christian Westrap & Richard Allis
E) Andrej Furjel, Christian Westrap & Peter Anderson
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.256 – Chess Laws / Trivia
What is the world record for the most number of blindfolded simultaneous games?
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.255 – You are the Arbiter!
The position below has been reached. Black plays 46…Rc1+, lets go of the piece but fails to press the clock in time and their ‘flag’ falls. All of this is seen by the arbiter who is watching closely. What should happen next?
A) The arbiter should automatically intervene and award a win on time to White.
B) The arbiter should award a win on time to White only if White claims it.
C) The arbiter should automatically intervene and declare the position a draw as the following forced sequence of moves 47.Qxc1+ Qxc1+ 48.Kxc1 leads to stalemate!
D) The arbiter should declare a draw if Black claims one as the following forced sequence of moves 47.Qxc1+ Qxc1+ 48.Kxc1 leads to stalemate!
E) If neither White claims a win nor Black claims a draw immediately the arbiter should let play continue and see if White claims a win on time before the inevitable stalemate is reached.
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.254 – International Chess
Excluding the FIDE World Chess Championships between 1993 and 2005, how many official World Chess Championship matches have there been since 1886?
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.253 – National Chess
Who is the current Executive Editor of the CHESS magazine based in the UK?
A) Richard Palliser
B) Murray Chandler
C) Byron Jacobs
D) John Saunders
E) Malcolm Pein
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.252 – Local Chess
Who has been Dorset’s longest serving Correspondence Chess team captain?
A) Ian Clark
B) Frank Kingdon
C) John Kelly
D) Greville Marples
E) Alf Bullock
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.251 – Chess Laws / Trivia
Henri Grob (4 June 1904 – 5 July 1974) was a famous Swiss chess player, artist and painter. He pioneered eccentric chess openings, such as 1.g4 sometimes known as Grob’s Attack but can you guess how many times he was married?