Labor Day has traditionally been the last day of summer vacation. It’s a time to go back to school and re-engage the brain.
Perhaps you already started school. But whether you did or not, it’s time to exercise more than a suntan. We have to get you ready for your daily quizzes, your tests, and your exams.
What better way start than a short, but not-so-easy chess quiz?
Here it is! You can’t use the Internet, nor books, and no help from your friends. It is a quiz, after all!
(well…. ok – you can use friendly help.)
Answers and explanations available on PDF file, should you need them (and you will).
ROB’S BASIC CHESS QUIZ
1) Where did the word, CHECKMATE, come from?
a) The Australians had morbid, slightly amusing, phrase that was most popular during WWII. It was, “CHECK ON THE MATE PLEASE. HE’S DEAD”.
b) A term in which a sailing ship would briefly hit (or “checked”) another boat in order to board it, esp. in acts of piracy.
c) A Sanskrit phrase meaning “THE KING IS DEAD”.
d) An ancient Pharaoh’s curse.
2) Which chess piece is also the name of a GM?
3) Who was not a World Chess Champion from the United States before Bobby Fischer?
(d) Trick Question! – Fischer was the first World Champion from the United States
4) Which word does not belong?
5) Which word does not belong?
6) Which word does not belong?
7) A “RINGED PIECE” refers to:
(a) A pendant that hangs from the neck that is, or features, a chess piece.
(b) A piece of art created by Ringo Starr, who was inspired by Lennon’s chess set that featured two sets of white pieces to indicate harmony.
(c) A piece on the chessboard with a ring around it, indicating that this piece was to be the one to deliver the checkmate.
8) What is the definition of SCACCHIC?
(a) [n. the Computer World Champion for 1981.]
(b) [n. a famous correspondence player of the 1950’s who came up with a new move in the Two Knights Defence.]
(c) [adj. of or relating to chess.]
(d) [adj. referring to the queenside in chess.]
(e) [adj. referring to a dive into the ocean by leaping far off the side of a cliff.]
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