Dorset Junior Christmas Quiz – Answers
We hope you had fun with the Christmas Quiz. Here are the answers to all the puzzles!
Question 1. A warm up question
In the Christmas nativity scene
which chess piece came to visit the baby Jesus bearing gifts
(in fact more than one came)?
Answer: King – the three kings
Question 2. White to mate in 2 moves.
What are White and Black’s moves?
1.Nf6+ then two alternatives
Question 3. Which two pieces (combined) move closest to the same way as the queen?
King and pawn
Rook and pawn
Bishop and pawn
Rook and bishop
Answer: Rook & bishop
Question 4. How many of these chess words can you find in the word search below?
The words may appear horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
Question 5. White to play and mate in 3 moves. What are White and Black’s
moves? (This is known as Damiano’s mate)
Question 6. How many of the chess pieces have legal moves on the first move?
And which are they?
10 pieces have legal first moves.
They are 8 pawns and 2 knights.
Question 7: What is White’s best move after Black plays g6?
White has two straightforward wins:
4.Bc2 or Bd3
and White’s material advantage will win.
Or even better, White can mate in 5
Question 8. What do we call the rows on a chess board?
Question 9. To be awarded the Grandmaster title, what minimum ELO rating must a player have had at some point in their career?
Question 10. White to play and mate in 4.
What are white and blacks moves?
4.Nf7# Smothered mate!
Question 11. Find the white rook’s way through the maze
In this rook maze, white has to move the rook consecutively until it captures the black king.
It is not allowed to capture any black pieces and cannot move to squares that are attacked by black pieces.
The rook can capture the king in 8 moves – can you find your way through the maze?
The rook moves from its start on a1 in sequence ->
a8, h8, h2, c2, c6, f6, f4, d4 and then eats the king!
Question 12. How many reindeer does Santa have and which chess piece is worth this amount?
Santa has nine reindeer and the queen is worth nine.
Question 13. Black to play – and then White to mate in 3.
What can Black play that will only allow White to mate in three moves?
This is a tricky puzzle!
Black has two ways or delaying mate for as long as possible.
1…h6 which is met by
2.Bxf7+ now black has two options:
3.Qg6 threatening Qh7 mate
1…any rook move (excluding Re8 which allows mate in 2) when White plays
We said it was very tricky!
Question 14. Helpmate!
Black has to make the worst possible move, helping White to deliver checkmate on White’s next move!
So what is Black’s move, and what will be White’s reply?
Black’s worst move is 1…Nd7 which allows 2.Nd6#
Question 15. Who was the victor in the Chess game between space and
earth played on June 9, 1970?
The game never finished
Answer: It was a draw