HULL CHESS CLUB QUIZ - SPRING 2020

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THE QUESTIONS

Question 1   All you need to do is tell me White's 12th move - which delivers checkmate!    [3 points] 

Question 2   White to checkmate in 3 moves.  [2 points]

Question 3   White to checkmate mate in 3.   [4 points]

Question 4   White to checkmate mate in 3.  [2 points]

Question 5

 

Unscramble these top current and historic players     [1 point each]

a)     NUN GEMS RASCAL

b)     SASSY BOPS IRK

c)     IGNORANT PIRATES

d)     DENNI GIRL

e)     LAME ANKLE USER

f)     ENGLISH ROT

g)     FIBRES C HOBBY

h)     NORA BUMS

Question 6  White to checkmate mate in 6      [4 points]

Question 7  White to checkmate mate in 8  [5 points]

Question 8  Three pawns down and black is threatening to exchange queens  Can white, to play, really get something out of this position?   [1 point]

Question 9  Black is about to take the g pawn and draw, yet it is

 White to play and win.    [3 points]

Question 10

How many celebrity chess players can you see below and name?

(1 point each)

[a]

[b]

[c]

[d]

[e]

[f]

[h]

[j]

[g]

[i]

Question 11  White to checkmate mate in two. 

There is an extra task here however.  There appear to be TWO ways white can deliver mate in 2.   But only one is 'legally' possible. 

Can you tell me which?  ... and why?       [4 marks]

Question 12   White to checkmate in 5 moves  [4 points]

Question 13   White to checkmate in 2 moves  [1 point]

Question 14  Not too difficult - but beautiful.

White to play and win  [2 points]

Question 15   White to play and win  [1 point]

Question 16 Surely black's b-pawn can't be stopped,  whilst Bh2 will stop whites?  Can it really be White to play and draw?  (Herbstman, 1964)     [5 points]

Question 17  White to play and win (Rinck, 1902)     [3 points]

Question 18  White to play and win    [4 points]

Question 19

How many top chess players can you see below and name?

(1 point each)

[a]

[c]

[b]

[e]

[d]

[f]

Question 20   White to mate in 3    [2 point]

Question 21  Another test in chess logic and retrograde analysis.  Black has just moved:  What was Black's last move? ... and what was white's last move?   [4 points] 

Question 22   White to move and checkmate in 3    [3 points] 

Question 23     White to mate in 2    [2 point]

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ANSWERS

 

Q1  Chase the black king all the way round to a3 with knight checks- then 12.Nb5++

Q2  1. Qd8+!!  Kxd8 2.Bg5+ ... followed by either Bd8++ or Rd8++

Q3  1. Qxd7+!!  Rxd7  2. Nc7+!+  Rxc7   3. Rd8++

Q4  1. Qxg7+!  Kxg7  2. Nf5+ Kg8  3.Nh6++

Q5  

a)     MAGNUS CARLSEN         b)     BORIS SPASSKY           c)     TIGRAN PETROSIAN        d)     DING LIREN     e)     EMANUEL LASKER           f)     NIGEL SHORT

g)     BOBBY FISCHER              h)     AMOS BURN

Q6  1. Rh8+!  Kxh8  2.Rh3+  Kg8  3.Rh8+!  Kxh8  4.Qh3+  Kg8  5. Qh7+ Kg8  5. Qh8++

Q7   1. Qd5+  (Qb3+ does not force mate) 1... Rf7  (...Kh8 allows a quicker mate) 2. Qxa8+  Bd8  3. Qxd8+ Rf8  4.Qd5+ Kh8  6.Nf7+ Kg8  7. Nh6+ Kh8  8. Qg8+!  Kxg8 9. Nf7++

Q8  1. Qf2!! -force 1 ...Qxf2 stalemate

Q9   1. Rg7+!  Kh8   2.Rh7+ Kg8   3.g7!  wins at least a rook

Q10    

a) Yoko Ono & John Lennon            b)     Willie Nelson                   c)     Arnold Schwarzenegger     d)     Ray Charles    e)     John Wayne 

f)  James Stewart,  Grace Kelly & ?       g)     Bob Dylan       h) Humphrey Bogart, Luren Bacall, Charles Boyer & ?     i)   Leonardo DiCaprio   j)      Nicolas Cage

Q11    1. Kf2.         Both 1.0-0 and 1.Kf2 seem to force mate next move (not 1. Ke2 Nc3+):   but 1.0-0 is illegal.  The only way the black king could have reached a2 is from behind the white pawns ... but that means the White king must have moved to 'let it through' ... and so cannot castle 

Q12   1. Qxf8+!!  Kxf8  2. Nd7+ Bxd7  3. Ba3+  Kg8  4.Rc8+  Bxc8  5. Re8++

Q13   1. Rh8+  N (or B) xh8   2. Qh7++

Q14  1. Nd3!! cauing the R or B to obstruct one another. White mates with Nf2 or Ng3 the next move or on move 3

Q15  1. Qa3+!  Kxa3   2.Nc2++

 

Q16  1. Ka8 b2  2.b7 Bh2  3.f4 Bxf4  4.e5  Bxe5  5.b8=Q  Bxb8  6. Bd5! (threatening Ba2 stopping the pawn and so forcing...) 6 ...b1=Q  7. Be4+!  Kxe4 stalemate! 

Q17   1. Ra8!  Qa2 (if 1...Qh7 2. Bg6!)  2.Rxa4! Qg8   3.Ra8 Qh7 4.Bg6! Qxg6 4. Ra6+      Any other Q move at any stage walks in to a bishop or rook skewer

Q18   1. Qa3+  Kd4  (if ...Kc4 2. Qa4 wins the Q)  2. Qb4+!   Now if 2... Ke5  3. Bg3! Qxg3 4.Qb8+, and if 2.....Ke3  3.Bg5! Qxg5 4.Qd2+ 

Q19   

a)     Magnus Carlsen & Gary Kasparov            b)     Alekhine, Lasker, Bogolubov & ? & ?                 c)     So & Anand

d)     Ding Liren & Vachier-Lagrave                  e)     Petrosian & Korchnoi                                         f)      Zsuzsa, Sofia & Judit Polga               

Q20   1. g7+  Ke7  2.Qe5+  Kf7  gxh8=N ++

Q21   Black's last move must have been Kxa8 ... and it must have been a white N that was taken a8 that had just been played from b6 to 'discover' the check on the king on a7.  White's previous move was therefore Na8 or Nxa8 (i.e. a taking a black N or B  on that square

Q22   1. Nh6+  Kf8  2.Qh8+  Ke7   3.Nf5++

Q23  1. Qxf7!  Rxf7   2.Re8++

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