|(1) The story that Paul
Morphy used to lie in a circle of woman’s shoes is evidence
(d) bipolar syndrome
credulity on the part of psychiatrists
(2) What player resigned a final candidates
when there was still a mathematical chance to
(e) none of the
(3) What player resigned a
world championship match
when there was still a mathematical
chance to win?
(4) The world champion in late 1946 was
(e) none of the above
(5) One of the following had a role in a movie
(i.e., not a documentary).
(b) Marmaduke Wyvill
(d) Bobby Fischer
(6) The most world
championship games have been
(b) Alekhine and Bogolyubov
(d) Steintiz and Tchigorin
(e) Lasker and
(7) Which of these
players scored the most victories
in the match that won him the
(e) Euwe won nine games in the 1935 match.
of these players scored the most victories in a match that
him the title?
Answer (c) Alekhine scored eight victories
in the same match.
(9) Who played board one for the
world in the "USSR vs
Rest of the World" match in
(10) Many chess writers have written books with
"Understanding the Queen’s Gambit". Which player
a book whose title was, in approximate translation,
(a) Dr. Siegbert
(b) Henry Buckle
(c) Pierre Charles Fournier
de St Amant
(d) Dr. Arpad Elo
(e) Dr. Emanuel
Answer (e) In the original German, it was "Das
Begreifen der Welt".
(11) Raymond Keene once boasted
that he wrote a chess
(a) A year
(c) A week
(d) A weekend
(e) A phone
Answer (d), though (e) should be given comic
(12) Which of the following countries has
an official world championship match?
(b) The Philippines
Answer (d). Few recall that
Lasker-Steinitz was partially played in Montreal.
(13) After his 1972 match, Fischer was offered money
endorse a product. He declined, saying that
"The stuff’s no good"
(b) "Not enough money"
waiting for Jim Slater to kick in $125,000"
(d) "I’ll only do
the commercial if there are no cameras"
(e) "I can’t -- I
never use the stuff."
Answer (e). Source: Chess
(14) Howard Staunton once referred to the
(a) "Inferior on principle to
(c) "This fine opening"
"A refuge for cads and bounders"
(15) Siegbert Tarrasch
once referred to the Sicilian
on principle to 1...e5"
(c) "This fine
(d) "A refuge for cads and bounders"
(16) At the turn of
the nineteenth century, British player Amos Burn is one
several strong players said to have made the following
"In my many years of play, I have never won a
(a) Emanuel Lasker
(c) Siegbert Tarrasch
(d) A healthy
(e) The exchange French
(17) Sir George Thomas was defeated by Edward
a brilliant gamelet which, as he must have known,
be anthologized for essentially the rest of time.
losing the game to Lasker, he said
(a) "That was
(b) "Why must I lose to this idiot!"
"Had I played 13 .. gf, you would have been lost!"
not feeling well"
(e) none of the above.
(18) French artist (and chess master) Marcel
one point was paying far more attention to chess
to his wife. In revenge, she
(a) Gave away his
(b) Challenged him to a game at one move per
day, and got
her moves from Alekhine
(c) Glued his chess
pieces to the chessboard
(d) Took up bridge
(e) Served him his dinner on a
Answer (c). She would have been more
(b) or e. Gain one Divorced Wife point for
(19) Fischer won every game he played in the
championship. At the closing ceremony the
(a) Congratulated Fischer on winning the
(b) Congratulated Evans on winning the event
Congratulated Reshevsky on winning the event
(d) Said Fischer
was clearly the greatest player of all time
speechless, and just handed out the trophies.
quoted in "My 60 Memorable Games".
(20) Though few
strong masters have had prolonged
military careers, many have
been in the military for
shorter periods. Which of the following
in the military?
(b) Jackson Whipps Showalter
(d) Bent Larsen
(e) Alexandre Louis Honore
Answer (b) Showalter was too young
for the Civil War, too
old for World War I, and seems to have
been playing chess
during the Spanish-American
(21) In fact, two of the above-mentioned chess
served in the armies of two different
(a) Alekhine and
(b) Showalter and DesChapelles
(d) Deschapelles and Showalter
Alekhine and Tartakower
Answer (e) Alekhine didn’t see a
lot of service, but
was in the Russian army briefly in WWI, and
briefly for France in WWII. Tartakower fought
Austria and France in those wars.
(22) When did
Garry Kasparov play his first game of chess?
(b) age nine
(c) age ten
(e) age fourteen
Answer (d) That was when
his name was changed from Garry Weinstein to Garry Kasparov, based
on his mother’s name Kasparova.
(23) About whom was it
said that to enter an even endgame against him was an almost certain
way to lose?
(a) Jose Raul Capablanca
(c) Ulf Andersson
(e) Ruben Fine
Answer (d) The
Polish-born star’s technique was legendary even amongst his
(24) Who won the final Championship of the
(a) Garry Kasparov
(c) Valery Salov
(e) Alexander Khalifman
Answer (d) !! Well,
not really, but Anand won the 91-92 Reggio Emilia supertournament
right before the fall of the USSR and was the only non-Soviet
participant. The line-up also included Kasparov, Karpov, Salov,
Ivanchuk, Gelfand, Khalifman, M.Gurevich, Beliavsky, and
Polugaevsky! The real winner of the final championship of the USSR
(number 58) was the Armenian player Artashes Minasian, who tied with
(25) Before winning the twenty thousand
dollar first prize in the KasparovChess.com Grand Prix this month,
in which tournament did Piket win his largest purse and how much was
(a) twenty-five thousand guilders in Tilburg,
(b) two million lira in Rome, 1989
thousands Swiss francs in Biel, 1999
(d) fifteen thousand
dollars in Las Vegas, 1999
(e) five thousand deutschmarks in
Answer (d) Piket tied for first with Boris
Gelfand, ahead of a very strong field including Karpov, Shirov,
Adams, and Leko.