Daily Quiz Answers
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.114 – International Chess
When was FIDE, the World (International) Chess Federation founded?
The Fédération Internationale des Échecs or World Chess Federation was founded in Paris, France on 20th July 1924. It is an international organisation based in Switzerland that connects the various national chess federations and acts as the governing body of international chess competition. It is usually referred to as FIDE, its French acronym.
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.113 – National Chess
In what year was the British Chess Championship first held?
The British Chess Championship was first held in Hastings in 1904 and was won by William Ewart. Henry Atkins then won it for seven consecutive years from 1905 to 1911. The Ladies champion in 1904 was Kate Finn who also defended her title in 1905.
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?
The Purbeck Chess Club members were invited to play in Derek Mount’s back garden. Initially face masks were worn!
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?
There are 347 different ways for White to mate in 3 moves! The solution to this is likely to be shown in a future puzzle or bulletin.
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.
B&DCL Rule No.3 – Eligibility – Should an ineligible player be played in a League match, the penalty for the infringement shall be the automatic loss of the game concerned plus, if the Controller so determines, the loss of one additional game point.
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
Sergey Karjakin is known for his defensive skills, which has earned him an informal nickname as Russia’s “Minister of Defence”. He successfully defended inferior positions against World Champion Magnus Carlsen – himself known for grinding out wins from slightly superior positions – in the World Chess Championship 2016, especially games 3 and 4. Karjakin has no qualms about entering an endgame with a small disadvantage if he deems it his best option, as opposed to playing for complications.
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
Nigel (pictured below) explained at the time he was dissatisfied with the way English Chess was being run. Nigel was eligible as his grandfather lived in Wales.
This caused a massive stir and was even reported on the BBC TV!
Allan Pleasants is not a Grandmaster but does play for Wales and has been a past Welsh National champion!
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
Well known for plum coloured cycling attire, Greville Marples was also rumoured to have cycled down the aisle when he got married in 1990 and lost his bike in Rouen on a Poole Club Chess International trip!
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.
B&DCL League Club Tournament Rule No.11 – Notification of Results – Match results should be entered on LMS by the home team within 24 hours and verified by the opponents. Match result cards should be completed and signed by both captains, and then retained by the home captain in case of subsequent queries.
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.
B&DCL League Club Tournament Rule No.7 – Time of Matches (c) – Any eligible player may be substituted for an absent player before the hour has elapsed, but subject to the 10 grade points condition. However, due to the possible extenuating circumstances, the 10 grade points rule can be overridden, but only providing both captains agree.
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.
He became the second youngest grandmaster in history of chess (at 13 years, 4 months and 27 days in 2004), though currently he is the third youngest. Sergey Karjakin is the youngest (at 12 years, 7 months and 0 days in 2002) – see question 29.
He is the youngest player in chess history to be ranked no.1 (19 years, 1 month) in 2010.
Test Your Chess Knowledge No.103 – National Chess
Chess used to be played by sand timers. When was the first mechanical clock introduced?
The first mechanical clocks was introduced in 1883 in England by Thomas Wilson. It was known as the ‘tumbling’ chess clock. It consisted of two balanced clocks on a seesaw beam. When one was tilted downward, it stopped while the other clock started. Below is a historical 1919 chess clock.
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
James Forster scored 3 out of 4 and is possibly the youngest Dorset Chess Champion as he was 19 when he won it in 2019. He may also be known as the player who has held the trophy for the longest given the current COVID 19 circumstances but we hope not!
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)
Although we are sure the League Controller is a nice man and may show some flexibility!