The Quiz - How well do you know your stuff?

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a1. What game is this website about?
a2. Which of the following statements about the initial setup is FALSE?
a3. The 8 horizontal rows on a chessboard are called
a4. The 8 vertical columns on a chessboard are called
a5. Which of the following is NOT a way to win at chess?
a6. Which of the following is NOT a way to draw the game?
a7. Which piece combines the abilities of the rook and bishop?
a8. Which of the following statements about castling is FALSE?
b1. After which famous chessplayer is the standard set of pieces named?
b2. Which world champion famously played against Deep Blue in 1996 and 1997?
b3. When Alexander Alekhine died, who was on his way to challenge him for the World Championship?
b4. Why did Emanuel Lasker insist on playing the world championship match with Siegbert Tarrasch in separate rooms in 1908?
b5. Which chessplayer was nicknamed "The Drawing Master"?
b6. Who was considered to be the greatest American chessplayer in the last half of the 19th century?
b7. Who was invited to play in the 1948 World Championship but declined the invitation to pursue his career?
b8. Which of the following chessplayers did NOT live in Iceland?
c1. Who was the youngest person ever to become World Champion?
c2. Which of the following men, as of 2008, has never been defeated by Judit Polgar?
c3. Each of the following players has won a World Championship match without losing a single game. Which one accomplished this TWICE?
c4. How many times between 1886 and 2007 has the World Championship resulted in a tie?
c5. Who will be playing in the 2008 World Championship?
c6. How did Bobby Fischer die?
c7. In which country was the 1934 World Championship played?
c8. Who won the most World Championship matches, not counting ties?
d1. Why did Alexander Alekhine play against Max Euwe for the World Championship?
d2. Which team won when the USSR challenged the rest of the World to a tournament in 1988?
d3. Which former World Champion correctly predicted that Spassky would defeat Petrosian in the 1969 match?
d4. What explanation did Tal give for losing the 1961 World Championship?
d5. Why did Fischer refuse to play against Karpov in the 1975 World Championship?
d6. In what year did the World Championship match take 48 games before being called off?
d7. Why did Vladimir Kramnik forfeit the 5th game of the World Championship match with Topalov in 2006?
d8. Whom did Garry Kasparov predict would face him in the 1993 PCA World Championship?
e1. "Pawns are the _____ of chess" - André Philidor
e2. "I'd rather have a pawn than a _____." - Reuben Fine
e3. "Chess is not _____" - Garry Kasparov (in reference to the Grob opening)
e4. "You may have the bishop pair, but I have the ultimate advantage; I am the better player." - _____ _____
e5. "I'll take my five positions per second any day, thank you." - _____ _____ (comparing humans to computers)
e6. "When you see a good move, _____ and find a better one." - Michael Adams
e7. "Play the opening like a _____, the middlegame like a _____, and the endgame like a _____." - Rudolf Spielmann
e8. "Chess is not like life - it has _____." - Mark Pasternak
f1. Which piece is moved in the English Opening?
f2. A rook player is a player who
f3. "I have never played the _____ Defence, which is the dullest of all openings." - Wilhelm Steinitz
f4. "When I am White, I win because I am White. When I am Black, I win because I am _____." - Efim Bogoljubov
f5. Which opening is played with the following moves? 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5
f6. What is the shortest possible game that ends in checkmate?
f7. What are the moves in the Nimzo-Indian Defence?
f8. Who regained the Chess Championship twice after losing it twice?
g1. On what condition did Emanuel Lasker agree to play Jose Raul Capablanca for the World Championship?
g2. Which one of the following chessplayers was NOT from England?
g3. Bobby Fischer discovered a way for Black to refute the King's Knight's Gambit. What was it?
g4. Which opening is given by the moves 1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf4 3 Nf3 g5 4 Bc4 g4 5 0-0?
g5. Who won the 2007 World Computer Championship?
g6. How many Russians participated in the 2002 event Russia vs. the Rest of the World?
g7. Which of the following is NOT a method of keeping time in a chess game?
g8. Which of the following pieces has the greatest value?
h1. How many players declined an invitation to participate in the 1999 FIDE World Championship?
h2. Who was considered the unofficial world champion prior to Wilhelm Steinitz?
h3. Who was the subject of the 1993 movie "Searching for Bobby Fischer?"
h4. Which of the following statements about en passant captures is FALSE?
h5. Mathematicians have proved that there are more legal chess positions than (pick the highest one that is still true)
h6. Mikhail Botvinnik wanted to have a _____ that could play chess as well as a human.
h7. How many squares are on a standard chessboard?
h8. "When protecting a piece, always ask yourself _____." - Siegbert Tarrasch