Who beat Bobby Fischer for the world title?|
(b) Anatoly Karpov
(d) Alexander Khalifman
(e) none of the
Answer (e) Karpov, as winner of the candidates
cycle, was awarded the title in 1975 when Fischer and FIDE couldn’t
settle their differences.
(52) Spassky won game two of
his match with Fischer in
how many moves?
Answer (b) Fischer did not show up for the
(53) Botvinnik defended his world title five times.
these matches he won:
Answer (a) He drew two (Bronstein and Smyslov) and
lost three (Smyslov again, Tal, Petrosian). But he won both of his
return matches! (Smyslov and Tal)
(54) Perennial US
champion Sammy Reshevsky was born in 1911.
He played in his first
master level chess tournament in:
(55) The most draws in any
world championship match occurred in
(b) Petrosian-Spassky I
(d) Karpov-Kasparov I
Answer (d) Forty draws and eight
(56) Prior to their world championship
match, Fischer had
won how many games from
In the late 1970s the Soviets had a policy of boycotting
international tournaments in which the following GM
(a) Bobby Fischer
(c) Patrick Wolff
(d) Victor Korchnoi
Answer (d) Korchnoi was a famous defector
from the USSR. (Gulko later joined him, but at this point he was
still in the USSR.)
(58) Which of the following World
Champions was the only one to win an unshared
first prize in an
international tournament while holding the title?
Machgielis (Max) Euwe
(b) Vasily Smyslov
(d) Tigran Petrosian
Answer (a) Euwe, at Bad
Nauheim-Stuttgart-Garmish 1937, ahead of Alexander Alekhine. Believe
it or not, none of the others won a tournament while they held the
(59) Who has scored the highest lifetime
victories in top level international
Karpov has accumulated close to 150 tournament wins, mostly in the
10 years after he became world champion in 1975.
a young man World Champion Smyslov was torn between
options. As well as a chess player he
(a) a mathematician
(c) an artist
(d) a sculptor
of the following world champions did not earlier
win the world
(a) Garry Kasparov
(c) Bobby Fischer
(e) none of the above.
Answer (c) I
guess he didn’t think it was worth entering.
Which of these players was forced to flee his
homeland (or at
least found it to be the prudent move)?
(b) Salo Flohr
(d) Garry Kasparov
(e) All of the
Answer (e) It’s a bit of a theme in quiz #3 to
people know that chess players have sometimes had
interesting - or unpleasant - experiences away from the
(63) The second citizen of the UK to hold the
(a) Raymond Keene
C.H. O’D. Alexander
(c) Anthony Miles
(e) J. H. Blackburne
Answer (c) Trick
(64) The first citizen of the UK to hold the
(a) Wilhelm Steintiz
C. H. O’D. Alexander
(c) Harry Golombek
(e) Anthony Miles
Answer (d) I remember
being rather surprised when I learned
this. I had no idea he took
out citizenship. It’s amusing
that a man whose first name was
French and second name Austrian
lived in Germany but became a
British citizen. Actually,
that would be a good question, would
it not? "What player..."
(65) Which of these world
champions defeated the first challenger for
(e) Petrosian does get underestimated.
what year did Euwe become the World Champion?
never became world champion
(67) In what year did Geller become world
(e) Geller never became world
Answer (e) Just checking for those who are
awake! Although he never played a match for the world championship,
the Soviet player Efim Geller had plus scores (more wins than
losses) against almost every world champion he
(68) From the inception of the title in 1886
until the disputes
of 1993, how many people were world
Answer (b) Note the weaseling-out of
the current problems... 1. Steinitz, 2. Lasker, 3. Capablanca,
4.Alekhine, 5. Euwe, 6. Botvinnik, 7. Smyslov, 8. Tal, 9. Petrosian,
10. Spassky, 11. Fischer, 12. Karpov, 13.
(69) Ruben Fine won the US championship
(e) Ruben Fine never won the US
Answer (e) Heck, it still surprises me.
Despite being one of the top two or three players in the world Fine
never won the US Championship. (Usually thwarted by
(70) Who was the youngest person ever
to win the world
Answer (d) At 22 years of
(71) Which player won the least games while
(d) Zero! Fischer played not a single serious game between winning
the title in 1972 and 1975.
(72) The first Western player
to win a FIDE-sponsored match against
a Soviet Grandmaster
(73) How many times has Korchnoi
qualified for the
final Candidates match in his remarkable
(d) Four times
Answer (d) Incredible. 1968 (lost to Spassky),
1974 (lost to Karpov, later made a world championship match
retroactively), and the two he won.
(74) The first
citizen of the United Kingdom to play
a match for the world
(a) Mikhail Tchigorin
J. H. Blackburne
(c) Henry Bird
(e) Nigel Short
Answer (d) Moved to the
UK while very young, naturalized.
(75) In the late
19th century G.H.D Gossip wrote a huge opening book titled "The
Chessplayer’s Manual." Which opening received the most
(a) The Ruy Lopez
(b) The King’s
(c) The Giuoco Piano
(d) The Sicilian
(e) The Queen’s Gambit
Answer (b) This
exciting, attacking opening received a whopping 120 pages. Now it is
rarely played and the newest opening tomes give it a half-dozen
pages at most.
(76) When did Botvinnik play his first
match for the
Answer (e) Against David Bronstein. Botvinnik won
the title in the "match-tournament" of 1948 against Smyslov, Keres,
Reshevsky, and Euwe.
(77) When did Fischer (born 1943)
first play in a Candidates event?