Chess Quiz

Chess Quiz: Test your Chess Knowledge from these 100 questions. (answers at bottom)

1.      Who was India’s first chess master in the second half of the 20th century?

2.      What chess professional was once a professional footballer (soccer player)?

3.      Who won the first Chess Oscar?

4.      What world champion was born on Halloween (October 31)?

5.      What famous essay appeared in the first chess-related book that was published in Russia?

6.      How many American Chess Congress tournaments were there before the current U.S. Chess Championship?

7.      Who is the only world chess champion who has won the world championship in all different formats (Match, Tournament, and Knockout)?

8.      What tournament can be regarded as the first strong tournament?  It was also the first chess tournament that used clocks and only top international players were invited.

9.      What was the first computer built for the sole purpose of playing chess?

10.   Who was the first American player to break Bobby Fischer’s record by becoming the youngest-ever U.S. chess master?

11.   Who was the first world-class chess player to develop within the Soviet Union?

12.   Who invented Caissa, the fictional goddess of chess?

13.   What two chess rivals died in the same hospital a year apart?

14.   Who is the reigning World Champion in rapid chess?  In blitz chess?  (Nov, 2014)

15.   ‘The Game and Playe of the Chesse’ is a book by William Caxton, the first English printer and the second book published in England.  This book is based on a book by what author?

16.   What is the motto of FIDE, the world chess federation?

17.   Who patented a modified chess timing system which added a time increment after each move?  This type of digital chess clock is no standard practice in top tournament and match play.

18.   The Fredkin Prize was a $100,000 prize created in 1980 for the first computer to beat a reigning world chess champion.  Who won it?

19.   Who was the first woman to receive the Grandmaster title?

20.   What woman became the second female player, after Judit Polgar, to exceed the 2600 Elo rating mark?

21.   What grandmaster gave up chess for 8 years to graduate from college, attend medical school, then attended and graduated from law school?

22.   What grandmaster has a PhD, a private chess library of over 9,000 chess books, and has an asteroid named after him?

23.   What grandmaster holds the record for consecutive professional tournament victories (15)?

24.   Who has the nickname “The Eternal Second” and “The Crown Prince of Chess?”

25.   George Koltanowski has the record number of simultaneous blindfold games?  How many games did he play?

26.   Who is the strongest player to have never become World Chess Champion?

27.   What grandmaster was born Sokolov, but took his stepfather’s surname when his mother remarried?

28.   Who was the first Western player to pose a serious challenge to the Soviet Union’s dominance in chess?

29.   What chess player was also known for his contributions to commutative algebra, which included proving the primary decomposition of the ideals of polynomial rings?

30.   The White Collection at the Cleveland Public library is the largest public collection in the world. What is the second largest public chess collection in the world?

31.   What is the oldest chess club in the United States?

32.   Who currently holds the record for the youngest ever United States International Master at the age of 12 years and 10 months?

33.   What grandmaster’s handle is “Capilanobridge” and “Star Wars” on the Internet?

34.   What chess master escaped being drafted in the military by feigning madness, insisting that a fly was on his head?

35.   What year was the first official chess Olympiad and where was it held?

36.   Who is recognized as the hardest chess player to beat in the history of chess?

37.   What was Judit Polgar’s peak world ranking in chess?

38.   Who was the first person inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame primarily for his chess writing?

39.   What chess master gave up chess for 7 years to complete his secondary education and graduate from a university?

40.   The Frank P. Samford, Jr. Chess Fellowship is the richest and most important chess fellowship in the United States.  Who is the 2014 Samford Fellow?

41.   Who is the first English player to play a World Chess Championship match?

42.   What grandmaster has won the most Chess Olympiad medals?

43.   Who is the youngest player to break the 2600 Elo rating barrier?

44.   Who is the oldest living world champion?

45.   What chess master was unbeaten in over 25 years of match play?

46.   Who has the longest unbeaten streak in competitive chess history?  Who has the second longest unbeaten streak?

47.   Who won the first World Senior Chess Championship, held in 1991?

48.   Who won the first Ladies World Correspondence championship?

49.   Who is credited with the design of the Staunton chess set?

50.   What was the first comprehensive manual of chess theory?

51.   How many years did Frank Marshall hold the U.S. chess championship title?

52.   In 2006, a unification chess match was held between the FIDE world title and the Classical World Title.  How many years was there a disputed world champion?

53.   How many 12th century Lewis chess pieces were discovered in 1831 on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland?

54.   What year was the United States Chess Federation founded?

55.   What age was Hou Yifan when she became the youngest player ever to participate in a world championship tournament?

56.   Who devised the USCF numerical ratings system?

57.   What country has the most grandmasters per capita?

58.   In 1913, how many estimated total chess books were there?

59.   How many world championship matches was Lothar Schmid the chief arbiter?

60.   When and where was the first major chess tournament for computers held?

61.   What organization used the first modern chess rating system?

62.   What year was the first chess tournament?

63.   What university organized the first chess club?

64.   Who created the first pocket chess set?

65.   What is the world record for number of simultaneous boards played at once?

66.   How many people worldwide play chess?

67.   When was the first chess-playing computer program?

68.   Who was the first great chess player to visit China and play chess?

69.   Who won the first United States chess championship by acclamation?

70.   Who is considered the first Russian chess champion?

71.   What was the strongest chess tournament ever held?

72.   How many member federations are in FIDE?

73.   What grandmaster is a three-time world champion in chess problem solving?

74.   Who became the first United Kingdom-born, ‘over-the-board’ chess grandmaster?

75.   Who is the oldest living grandmaster?

76.   Of the four top college teams in the nation, who many are in Texas?

77.   What is the biggest chess tournament in the world, with over 5,000 participants?

78.   What year did Frank Marshall found the Marshall Chess Club?

79.   What is the world’s oldest chess magazine, having been published continuously since 1881?

80.   What is the strongest chess engine?

81.   What year did Kirsan Ilyumzhinov become president of FIDE?

82.   Who is the only World Junior Champion to win with a perfect score?

83.   Who is currently ranked number two in the world?

84.   What grandmaster can speak Russian, English, Ditch, Japanese, and Nepalese?

85.   Who holds the record of youngest grandmaster, at the age of 12 years and 7 months?

86.   Who is Israel’s top ranking chess player?

87.   Who has won the Russian championship more than any other player?

88.   Who is described as the most eccentric player in the chess world?

89.   What grandmaster became the father of twins at the age of 78?

90.   What chess master spent the last 29 years of his life suffering from severe mental illness?

91.   What future grandmaster won his first national championship at the age of 13?

92.   Who won the 2014 U.S. Open, held in Orlando, Florida?

93.   Who was the first American woman to be inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame?

94.   What woman was the first to have two reigns as world chess champion?

95.   Who was the first Chinese player to gain the Grandmaster title?

96.   When and where was the first Computer Chess Olympiad?

97.   Who was the first grandmaster to lose to a computer?

98.   What chess computer became the first to be rated Grandmaster strength?

99.   When was the first time that chess was played in space?

100.                    Who was the first junior high school player to win the National High School Championship?



1.      Manuel Aaron  -

2.      Simen Agdestein -

3.      Bent Larsen -

4.      Alexander Alekhine -

5.      ‘The Morals of Chess’ by Benjamin Franklin -

6.      9 -

7.      Viswanathan Anand -

8.      Baden-Baden 1870 -

9.      Belle -

10.   Joel Benjamin -

11.   Mikhail Botvinnik -

12.   Hieronymus Vida -

13.   Emanuel Lasker and Jose Capablanca -

14.   Magnus Carlsen -

15.   Jacobus de Cessolis -

16.   Gens una sumus, meaning “We are one people.” -

17.   Bobby Fischer -

18.   Deep Blue in 1997 -

19.   Nona Gaprindashvili in 1978 -

20.   Humoy Koneru -

21.   Gata Kamsky -

22.   Anatoly Karpov -

23.   Garry Kasparov -

24.   Paul Keres -

25.   56 in 1960 -

26.   Viktor Korchnoi -

27.   Vladimir Kramnik -

28.   Bent Larsen -

29.   Emanuel Lasker -

30.   The Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands -

31.   Mechanics’ Institute Chess Club in San Francisco, founded in 1854 -

32.   Samuel Sevian -

33.   Hikaru Nakamra -

34.   Aron Nimzowitch -

35.   1927, held in London -

36.   Tigran Petrosian -

37.   #8 in the world in 2005, rated 2735 -

38.   Fred Reinfeld -

39.   Samuel Reshevsky -

40.   Daniel Naroditsky -

41.   Nigel Short -

42.   Vasily Smyslov; he has won 17 medals -

43.   Wesley So -

44.   Boris Spassky -

45.   Wilhelm (later William) Steinitz -

46.   Mikhail Tal for both, 95 games and 86 games -

47.   Vasily Smyslov -

48.   Olga Rubtsova -

49.   Nathaniel Cook -

50.   Bilguer’sHandbuch des Schachspiels’ (Handbook of Chess) -

51.   27 years -

52.   13 years -

53.   78 pieces -

54.   1939 -

55.   Age 12 -

56.   Kenneth Harkness -

57.   Iceland has 11 GMs and 13 IMs among the population of 310,000 -

58.   5,000 -

59.   3 (1972, 1978, 1986) and the 1992 Fischer-Spassky revenge match -

60.   1970 in New York -

61.   Correspondence Chess League of America in 1939 -

62.   1841 at Leeds -

63.   Oxford in 1845 -

64.   Peter Mark Roget in 1845 -

65.   604 -

66.   605 million -

67.   1958 -

68.   Alexander Alekhine -

69.   Charles Stanley -

70.   Emanuel Schiffers -

71.   Sinquefield Cup 2014 -

72.   180 member federations -

73.   John Nunn -

74.   Tony Miles -

75.   Yuri Averbakh -

76.   3 (UT-Brownsville, UT-Dallas, Texas Tech) -

77.   The SuperNationals scholastic chess.  SuperNationals V had 5,335 participants -

78.   1915 -

79.   British Chess Magazine -

80.   Houdini -

81.   1995 -

82.   William Lombardy -

83.   Fabiano Caruana -

84.   Anish Giri -

85.   Sergey Karjakin -

86.   Boris Gelfand -

87.   Peter Svidler – 7 times -

88.   Vassily Ivanchuk -

89.   Mark Taimanov -

90.   Akiba Rubinstein -

91.   Henrique Mecking -

92.   Conrad Holt -

93.   Gisela Kahn Gresser -

94.   Elisabeth Bykova -

95.   Ye Rongguang -

96.   1989 in London -

97.   Arnold Denker; lost to Hitech -

98.   Hitech -

99.   1970, cosmonauts vs ground control -

100.                    Larry Christiansen -