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Quiz: How much do you know about Chess?

Chess is one of the world’s longest-surviving board games, having existed in one form or another for well over 2,000 years. The game is said to teach forethought, circumspection and caution, but how much do you know about this fascinating pastime? Play now and find out!

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  • Chess is a game of…

    • Chance
    • Chance and strategy
    • Strategy
  • Which chess piece is the most powerful?

    • The king
    • The queen
    • The bishop
  • How many pieces does each chess player start with?

    • 16
    • 18
    • 20
  • It is generally agreed that chess originated in which country?

    • Japan
    • Ireland
    • India
  • You win a game by putting your opponent’s king in checkmate. That word comes from Arabic ‘shah mat’, meaning…

    • King died
    • Emperor is on the carpet
    • Emir fainted
  • How many squares on a chessboard?

    • 81
    • 64
    • 49
  • Each player begins the game with just two…

    • Queens
    • Bishops
    • Pawns
  • Which player moves first?

    • The younger player
    • Black
    • White
  • Which piece is known informally as a castle?

    • Rook
    • Knight
    • Bishop
  • Which diagram shows the correct moves of the knight?

    • rook
    • king
    • bishop
    • knight
  • At setup, the white queen has which piece to her left?

    • Bishop
    • King
    • Rook
  • Which chess piece’s name has come into general usage to mean someone who is used or manipulated to further another person’s purposes?

    • Rook
    • Pawn
    • Knight
  • Chess is a game for how many players?

    • 1
    • 2
    • Up to 6

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  1. You tried and thanked you. Really simple quiz. My guilt is because I did not understand the question number nine, the Queen is to the left of the King, and the question is who is to the left of the queen with white figures, although it may also be a black hunter. are these basic things or translation. and my mistake in understanding the questions.
    I’d like to participate in one far more powerful quiz about Sah.
    I want you a pleasant weekend.

    • Let us not worry about that! I see now that I made an error in question #5: The English ‘checkmate’ originated in Persian ‘Shah mat’ meaning ‘the king fainted’, not in the Arabic phrase meaning ‘the king died’! I will make a more challenging quiz soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ah good! The research took me somewhere else: I discovered that chess as we know it has been played for less than 500 years. Prior to that it was called shatranj and played in the Arab world, Persia and the Indian subcontinent with some different moves for well over 1000 years. I am now learning to play shatranj ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Well done, the son! I tried to make the quiz as broad as possible, so that knowing the game wouldn’t be enough to guarantee full marks, and conversely so that someone who didn’t know the game wouldn’t be guaranteed a big far zero! I learned when I was 6 or 7 – just seems to soak it in as all my friends and family were players ๐Ÿ™‚

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