My Big Fat Chess Quiz Answers
Nov 28, 2007, 12:07 PM 3
Answers to my Big Fat Chess Quiz are below. Too hard or too easy? Let me know!
- The 5 original chess grandmasters were Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Tarrasch and Marshall.
- FIDE is the world governing body for chess and it stands for Federation Internationale des Echecs.
- Kasparov achieved the highest Elo chess rating ever - 2851.
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (through his famous character Sherlock Holmes) wrote that "excellence at chess is one mark of a scheming mind"
- Jonathan Speelman.
- Bullet chess is the name given to 1-minute chess games (but it sometimes describes any time control quicker than blitz (5min).
- The beautiful lady was Aruna Anand, wife of Vishy Anand, the World Chess Champion.
- The official who overseas a chess match is called an Arbiter.
- The en-passant rule was introduced in 1490.
- Ben Franklin's famous writings on chess were called 'The Morals of Chess'.
- You are not allowed to write your moves down before you play them. The only exception is if you are about to claim a draw by 3-fold repetition.
- The Abracadabra Opening does NOT exist. Believe it or not, there ARE openings called the Frankenstein-Dracula variation, The Monkey's Bum and The Orangutan.
- The first official World Chess Champion was Wilhelm Steinitz
- 'Underpromotion' means promoting a pawn to any piece other than a Queen.
- The symbols !? after a move are normally used to denote an 'interesting' move.
- A kibitzer is a spectator to a chess game who makes comments (usually unwanted!) about the game.
- Judit Polgar's children are called Oliver and Hanna.
- Ruy Lopez was a priest.
- The Immortal Game and the Evergreen Game were played by Adolf Anderssen.
- The picture is of chess enthusiast and author of "King's Gambit: A Son, A Father, and the World's most dangerous game", Paul Hoffman. His blog is here.