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Which chess piece has an L-shaped move and commonly has an equine design?
100%







How many total pawns are on a chessboard at the start of a game?
98.3%







What American became world champion by defeating Boris Spassky in Iceland in 1972?
97.3%
iknight
96.7%







What special move allows both a king and a rook to be moved on the same turn?
95.1%







Without resigning, the fastest way to lose a game is in two moves (f3 e5, g4 Qh4) known by what 'unwise' two-word phrase?
92.3%
isixteen
91.2%







What IBM chess-playing computer defeated Garry Kasparov in 1997?
81.8%







Founded in 1924, the World Chess Federation is usually known by what four-letter French acronym?
81.8%







What two-word French phrase refers to a way for a pawn to capture an opposing pawn that just advanced two squares?
79.5%
icastling
76%
iBobby Fischer
69.7%







In 2002, at age 18, Ruslan Ponomariov became world champion. He is a citizen of what former Soviet republic?
67.9%







Born in Prague, what man became the first undisputed world chess champion in 1886?
67%







What 16th-century Spanish priest lent his name to a popular chess opening, also known as the Spanish Opening?
61.8%







In 1978, Nona Gaprindashvili became the first woman to attain what title?
60.9%
iDeep Blue
60.5%







What common defense, named for an island, plays c5 to respond to an opening move of e4?
57.4%







The Red Queen and the White Knight are chess piece characters in a classic 1871 book by what Englishman?
57.1%







Named for a German physician, what principle says that rooks should usually be placed behind passed pawns?
56.7%
iUkraine
56.6%







The formation consisting of a queen behind two rooks in the same file has what firearm-related name?
54%
igrandmaster
52.8%







What Indian became the undisputed world chess champion in 2007 by winning a tournament in Mexico?
51.9%
ien passant
50.8%
ifool's mate
48.1%







What country, home of champion Veselin Topalov, issued the world's first chess-themed postage stamp in 1947?
47.8%
iFIDE
46.3%







What French expression meaning 'I adjust' is often spoken before adjusting a piece without moving it?
45.8%







'A Game of Chess' is the second of the five sections of what poem, T. S. Eliot's masterpiece?
45.7%







What utensil gives its name to the tactic in which a piece simultaneously threatens two or more pieces?
44.1%







The musical 'Chess' featured a chart-topping hit song about 'One Night in' what Asian capital?
43.6%
iLewis Carroll
43.2%







José Raúl Capablanca was the only world chess champion from what island nation?
40.7%







What term, Italian for 'little flank,' means moving a bishop to the second rank after advancing the knight pawn?
39.7%







'The Defense', about the obsessive chess genius Luzhin, was the third novel by what Russian-American author?
39.4%
i answer % Correct
ifork
39.2%







What opening, offering a white pawn at c4, is 'declined' by the Orthodox Line or the Slav Defense, among others?
38.9%







What 10-letter term for a weak chess player alludes to the fact that chess pieces are often made from dead trees?
38.8%
iBangkok
37.4%
iRuy López
37.4%
iViswanathan Anand
37.4%







What German-derived word denotes a situation when a player is disadvantaged by having the current move?
36.9%
iBulgaria
36.6%







If a pawn reaching the eighth rank is turned into a piece other than a queen, this is known by what 14-letter term?
36.3%
iCuba
36%
iSicilian Defense
35.9%
iWilhelm Steinitz
35.3%







What Englishman lost to Garry Kasparov in the 1993 World Chess Championship in London?
34%
iThe Waste Land
32.9%







Also known as Fegatello, what chess opening with a culinary name is a variation of the Two Knights Defense?
31.1%







In what Ingmar Bergman film does a medieval knight, Antonius Block, play chess with Death?
31.1%







What is the family name of the Hungarian-born chess prodigy sisters Zsuzsa, Zsófia, and Judit?
30.7%
ij'adoube
30.6%







A metaphorical game of chess with Fortuna is central to 'The Book of the Duchess' by what 14th-century English poet?
30.3%
iAlekhine's gun
29.8%
ifianchetto
29.1%
iVladimir Nabokov
29%







What 7-letter term, for the phase of a chess game after middlegame, is also the title of a Samuel Beckett play?
28.9%
iQueen's Gambit
28.7%
iunderpromotion
28.6%
iTarrasch rule
28.3%
iNigel Short
28%
izugzwang
27.8%
iFried Liver Attack
27.2%
iGeoffrey Chaucer
27%
iwoodpusher
26.9%
iPolgár
26.7%
iThe Seventh Seal
26.5%
iendgame
26.4%
icheckmate
25.2%







What 9-letter chess term is derived from a Persian phrase meaning 'the king is defeated'?
17.6%
 
Number % Answered
72 (all)
15.3%
67-71
10%
62-66
0.2%
57-61
0.3%
52-56
0.8%
47-51
1.6%
42-46
3.9%
37-41
8.2%
32-36
5.5%
27-31
5.8%
22-26
6.7%
17-21
8.1%
12-16
10.3%
7-11
18.4%
2-6
3.2%
1-1
1.6%

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