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2010 Chess.com Holiday Puzzler

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12/24/10, 12:43 PM.

Welcome to the 2010 Chess.com Holiday Puzzler!

To help keep yourself entertained over the holiday season, why not try our fun seasonal chess quiz?

There should be something for everyone, so you don't need to be a Grandmaster to have a go!

But don't forget, this is a prize competition so...

Don't answer in the comments! 

Instead, send your answers to holidaypuzzler@chess.com and you could win one of the fabulous prizes below!

First prize: One year Diamond membership, plus t-shirt
Second prize: One year Platinum membership, plus t-shirt
Third prize: One year Gold membership, plus t-shirt
Fourth prize: Chess.com t-shirt
Fifth-Tenth prize: One month Diamond Membership

So what are you waiting for?  Get puzzling, and send in your answers as soon as possible to the email address above.  Please include your Chess.com username with your answers, so we know who you are!  Only one entry per member, so think carefully before you send your answers in - changes are not allowed!

Any ties will be broken by a random draw, so there's no need to hurry.  Entries will be accepted up to and including 31 December 2010, and the winners will be announced early in the new year.  Good luck, and good chess in 2011!

The competition is now closed! Answers and Results are here.


 

1. An easy one to start! Name all the chess grandmasters that have achieved an official FIDE rating above 2800 Elo.

 

2. Here is the position from the end of a game where white checkmated black.  What were the last 3 moves played? (white's move, black's reply and then white's checkmate move).

 

3. Who are the following grandmasters, and what chess event in 2010 links them all together?

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4. One for the mathematicians now. In how many different ways can a standard chess set and board be set up with the correct opening position for a normal game of chess?

 

5. Who am I? Born in 1933, my father was a renowned geneticist. Both my brothers also achieved great distinction in the scientific world, but despite earning a PhD in psychology I became better known for my amateur chess career.  Winning my national championship a record number of times, I also competed in eight Olympiads between 1952 and 1970, winning a silver medal on two occasions.

 

6. Can you identify the players in the following game, which won a Best Game prize at a tournament during 2010?

 

7. Despite producing some great chess, the FIDE 2008/10 Grand Prix series suffered because of rule changes during the competition.  Which two grandmasters dropped out in protest?

 

8. This abstract chess set made the news this year. Who designed it and how much does it cost?

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9. Vishy Anand succesfully defended his world title against Veselin Topalov earlier this year in Sofia.  But what was the name of the volcano that erupted and spewed ash over European airspace, halting flights and delaying the start of the match? (correct spelling required!) 

 

10. Oh dear. The anagrams below have gone slightly wrong because one extra letter was included in each by accident (oops! Wink).  Can you still unscramble the anagrams to find the names of three famous chess players? [The first anagram has been corrected for a typo - apologies!]

  • Vain Loan Boner
  • A Land Shark Ravioli
  • Lewd Yank Love

 

11. Who is this smartly dressed gentleman?

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12. The Armenian Lev Aronian won the World Blitz Championship in Moscow this year, but which two rivals at the event decided that 38 rounds of blitz were not enough and played a friendly blitz match against one another into the early hours of the morning?

 

13. What is the best move for white in this position?

 

14. Who is the most successful tournament player in history, winning more major chess tournaments than any other player?

 

15. Which player hurt his back during the early stages of a tournament in 1985, but completed the event by playing his remaining games lying prone on a medical table?

 

16. This unassuming gentleman is an amateur player, so why is he famous in the chess world?

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17. Can you solve this fun selfmate chess problem?  It's WHITE's turn to move and he must force BLACK to checkmate HIM in three moves.

 

 

18. In which novel from the 1920's is a chess player electrocuted while playing a game?

 

19. Which famous Grandmaster won the national championships of the Soviet Union, Netherlands and Switzerland?

 

20. Who are the two protagonists from this unusual game in 1968?

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  • 4 years ago

    WanderingWinder

    The second anagram on #10 is driving me nuts. Could there be alternate spellings of this player's name?

  • 4 years ago

    islamaaah

    NO idea! i want  a t shirt thought!!

  • 4 years ago

    anwar4me

    In this Holiday Puzzler, every question is easy and..., and all the questions are correct and understandable. I have found 19 answers out of 20. The remaining question 17 is harder to me (but it's not impossible), hope I'll get it soon.

  • 4 years ago

    gemini7

    by rinehart - 3 hours ago
    Victoria Australia
    Member Since: Dec 2009
    Member Points: 6

    in question 2, it is impossible to get to that position. 

    Isn't it.

    and in question 13 the king and queen are on the wrong squares

    In question 2, nothing is impossible in chess if you have a creative thinking.

    and in question 13, just let the king and queen on the 'wrong' squares

  • 4 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ ShockeR_40 - black is trying NOT to checkmate white.  But White can force black to checkmate him in three moves, but no less.  All variations needed for full marks. Smile

  • 4 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ amitprabhale - please don't re-post or discuss answers! Smile

    When the answers are revealed early in January, you can discuss them to your heart's content!

  • 4 years ago

    rinehart

    in question 2, it is impossible to get to that position. 

    Isn't it.

    and in question 13 the king and queen are on the wrong squares

  • 4 years ago

    amitprabhale

    @sonofpearl

    Is that cheating to put up the puzzle question in some forum to seek the answers? I belive NOT! Since none can answer it without GOOGLE(search), it ain't wrong to post a question in a forum related to chess. Let me know if am cheating.

  • 4 years ago

    Tegrif

    You're copying chessgames.com again.... all the way down to the prizes being membership subscriptions and T-shirts.

    I say "again" because I remember on multiple occassions seeing chess.com daily puzzles and chess.com games of the day that were exactly the same as on chessgames.com except that they followed a few days later. It would be far too great a coincidence to happen as many times as it has.

  • 4 years ago

    jjeffrey

    As a mathematician, #4 is the only one that I find easy.  The rest are too hard :-(

  • 4 years ago

    jjeffrey

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  • 4 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ AnuragKesarwani - no, the board would have no markings.

  • 4 years ago

    Cry_Wolf

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  • 4 years ago

    AnuragKesarwani

    One more query for ques 4

    Does the board have markings for rank and files?

  • 4 years ago

    anwar4me

    Good Luck

  • 4 years ago

    virax

    Question #4 is worded badly; it makes no sense. 

    From the way it is phrased, the answer can only be be 1 or 2 (depending on whether you count orientation of the board) correct ways to set up a chess board's starting position. 

    I presume this is not what you meant. 

  • 4 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ AnuragKesarwani - no, it's the single normal opening position.

  • 4 years ago

    AnuragKesarwani

    @SonofPearl 

    In Ques 4 : Can Black & White have different opening positions?

  • 4 years ago

    andrecoggiola

    solved number 2, but the rest i have no idea

  • 4 years ago

    MatP

    You don't need to answer all of the questions in order to win the prizes, you just need to be better than the other people trying to answer them :-)

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