Chess Quiz 1

Test your chess knowledge with these rapid fire questions!

Question 1

How many squares on a chess board?

A chess board contains 8x8 = 64 squares.

Question 2

What was the name of the first chess computer to beat the reigning world champion under regular time controls?

Development began in 1985, but it wasn't until 1997 that the supercomputer was able to defeat reigning world champion Garry Kasparov. During the second game, a bug caused the program to pick a random move, which Kasparov mistook for "superior intelligence"!

Question 3

Which of these is a real chess opening?

Yes, there's a dubious opening named after a cup of coffee. How millennial...

Question 4

What was the name for the Queen in Shatranj, the Persian ancestor of modern Chess?

The Ferz takes the place of the Queen from modern Chess, a councilor who can only move one square diagonally in each direction. The Alfil is an Elephant, in place of the Bishop and the Sarbaz (soldier) takes the place of the humble Pawn.

Question 5

How many distinct chess positions exist after 6 moves (3 for white, 3 for black)?

There are more possible chess games than atoms in the universe!

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