Can You Solve Our 2019 Holiday Puzzler?
Can you solve these tricky chess-related questions for your chance at a holiday prize?

Can You Solve Our 2019 Holiday Puzzler?‎

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Your favorite annual chess quiz tradition is back for the 2019 holidays.

Enjoy this year's quiz, and see if you can win one of our prizes for a top score.

Play the puzzler here.

Update, Jan. 13, 2020 with answers and results.

Answers:

2. Havana
3. b8=B
4. Wilhelm Steinitz
5. Jan-Krzysztof Duda
6. Rd6+
7. Nigel Short
8. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
9. Marie Sebag
10. Isidor Gunsberg
11. Lc0
12. Meri Arabidze
13. Bernhard Horwitz
14. Sam Shankland
15. Alexander Alekhine
16. 4 or 10. [The question's intended answer was 10 for World Chess Championship 1910 (Lasker–Schlechter), but we also accepted 4 for the FIDE World Chess Championship 2000 final match, even though it was a tournament and not a standalone match.]
17. 4
18. Santa Claus
19. 41
20. Warren Buffett

Winners:

  • 1st place: @NCKChess —Three years of Chess.com Diamond membership
  • 2nd place: @HASHIRESORIYO — Two years of Chess.com Diamond membership
  • 3rd place: @UselessAsAqua — One year of Chess.com Diamond membership
  • 4th-5th place: @usrnom and @mrk98 — One year of Chess.com Platinum membership
  • 6th-10th place: @MeguminUchiha, @JLau_, @AnthonyAtanasov, @DaQuestToNM, @ChessLebaneseSalah — One year of Chess.com Gold membership

Winning scores with tiebreaks applied:

1 NCKChess 19 / 19 12/26/2019 20:11:59
2 HASHIRESORIYO 18 / 19 12/26/2019 2:23:09
3 UselessAsAqua 18 / 19 1/1/2020 2:11:38
4 usrnom 18 / 19 1/8/2020 18:03:37
5 mrk98 18 / 19 1/10/2020 10:31:39
6 MeguminUchiha 18 / 19 1/10/2020 23:25:05
7 JLau_ 17 / 19 12/25/2019 13:36:29
8 AnthonyAtanasov 17 / 19 12/25/2019 14:26:29
9 DaQuestToNM 17 / 19 12/25/2019 23:58:15
10 ChessLebaneseSalah 17 / 19 12/27/2019 2:06:32



2019 holiday puzzler chess.com

Rules:

  • All ties will be resolved by the earliest received submission, so send in your answers as soon as you know them. But try to be as accurate as possible—it usually takes close to a perfect score to win. 
  • Answers will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, and only a member's first submission will be considered.
  • Spelling counts. The quiz is scored automatically by Google Forms, so make sure you spell your responses correctly. For player names, write the first and last name only in that order. Use a capital letter as the first letter of proper nouns. Do not use any accent marks.
  • You can use any resources at your disposal to get the answers (engines, web search, comment section, phone-a-friend, etc.).
  • Provide your valid Chess.com username and an e-mail for your answer receipts in the form.

Enter to win box

Prizes:

  • 1st place: Three years of Chess.com Diamond membership
  • 2nd place: Two years of Chess.com Diamond membership
  • 3rd place: One year of Chess.com Diamond membership
  • 4th-5th place: One year of Chess.com Platinum membership
  • 6th-10th place: One year of Chess.com Gold membership

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The Puzzler:

(Mobile users: If you are having trouble filling out the embedded form below, you can complete the form here.)

Let us know what you think of the puzzler on Facebook or in the comments below. 

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