Can You Solve Our 2014 Holiday Puzzler?

Can You Solve Our 2014 Holiday Puzzler?‎

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Your favorite holiday chess tradition is back! is proud to celebrate the holiday season with an all-new puzzler quiz for 2014.


The 2014 Holiday Puzzler has ended. Thanks to all who played and commented. 

Out of more than 400 entries, here are the 15 winners, who all scored a perfect 23/23.

2014 Holiday Puzzler Winners:

  1. Z10000
  2. Stryker672
  3. CommonElk
  4. _Chess_Boy_
  5. Skiwalker
  6. warrior689
  7. fzweb
  8. xivarmy
  9. nmohn
  10. tabarisch
  11. mirage6131
  12. Al_De_Baran
  13. practicingkid
  14. BigC08
  15. Assato

Just three other members scored a perfect 23/23, but submitted their answers after the 15 winners: dikduk, chandrasekar, and rubikscube42.

Good news for them, too, as IM Daniel Rensch has announced that in the spirit of giving, they will also receive a prize.

Winners, check your messages soon for instructions on how to claim your prizes. And congratulations! 

Here are the correct answers.

2014 Holiday Puzzler Answers:

1. 9
2. White is winning
3. a3
4. Millionaire Chess
5. $100,000
6. Wesley So
7. Sopiko Guramishvili
8. Anish Giri
9. Sinquefield Cup
10. 3
11. White is winning
12. Kg5
13. Boris Gelfand
14. GeniusKJ or Kairav Joshi
15. 2014 world championship
16. Ilya Merenzon
17. 1.Nc3 d5 2.Nxd5 Qd7 3.Nf6+ Kd8 4.Ne8 Qxe8 or
1.Na3 d6 2.Nc4 Qd7 3.Nxd6+ Kd8 4.Ne8 Qxe8 or
1.Nc3 d6 2.Ne4 Qd7 3.Nxd6+ Kd8 4.Ne8 Qxe8 or
1.Na3 d6 2.Nb5 Qd7 3.Nxd6+ Kd8 4.Ne8 Qxe8 or
1.Nc3 d6 2.Nb5 Qd7 3.Nxd6+ Kd8 4.Ne8 Qxe8
18. Prodigy
19. Shirov
20. Bh3
21. Codebreakers, Bletchley, Navy, etc.
22. Sam Sevian
23. Washington International

The 15 members who score the highest on the Holiday Puzzler will win the prizes below.

All ties will be broken by the earliest received submission, so send in your answers as soon as you can! Answers will be accepted until 4 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. PST on Wednesday, Dec. 24, and only a member's first submission will be considered.



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Holiday Puzzler questions by University President Kairav Joshi (GeniusKJ) and the staff. University Gift Cards

Just 15 members can win the puzzler's prizes, but anyone can enjoy the gift of!

Don't know what to give chess players this year? Why not more chess?

Starting this year, we are providing virtual University gift cards that can be applied towards our courses, camps, seminars, simuls, prodigy program, and any other product or service we add in the future.

Unlike other virtual card providers, we do not charge any processing fee. University gift cards never expire. 

We will e-mail the virtual gift card to the recipient along with any message you would like us to send.

This is the perfect gift for any chess player who wishes to improve his or her game.

Simply click on a gift card below to purchase using PayPal or a credit/debit card:


After purchasing a gift card, send us an e-mail at and provide the following information:

(1) Your full name.

(2) Your username.

(3) Any message you would like us to send to the recipient along with the gift card.

(4) When you would like us to e-mail the gift card to the recipient.

(5) Recipient's full name.

(6) Recipient's primary e-mail address.

(7) Recipient's username (if applicable).


That's it! Your work is done and the gift is ready to be sent. Remember to specify when you would like us to send the gift card. 

Hope you enjoyed the 2014 Holiday Puzzler!

Let us know how you did on the quiz in the comments section and on Facebook.


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