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Quiz: Chess Puzzles
by Staff
Just as the game of chess can become a lifelong passion, so can chess puzzles. Show us how much you know about the terminology and rules behind the various kinds of chess puzzles.

What is the “stipulation” in a chess puzzle?

  • the position of the chess pieces
  • the task to be performed
  • a necessary sacrifice

What's the name for a chess puzzle with the task “white to play and win in two moves?”

  • simplemate
  • directmate
  • selfmate

Which type of chess puzzle does not require completion in a certain number of moves?

  • reflexmate
  • helpmate
  • study

Which kind of chess puzzle asks white to force black to deliver a checkmate, while black resists?

  • selfmate
  • helpmate
  • reversemate

What's the name for a chess puzzle that requires a player to reconstruct the moves that led up to the given scenario?

  • retrograde analysis puzzle
  • deductive reasoning puzzle
  • evaluation puzzle

In a chess problem, what is known as “the key?”

  • the first move
  • the checkmate move
  • the black king

In what kind of chess puzzle might you find a nightrider?

  • wizard chess
  • elf chess
  • fairy chess

What's the name for an incorrect first move in a chess problem?

  • a faux pas
  • a try
  • a trap

A chess problem with more than one solution is said to be what?

  • fixed
  • crooked
  • cooked

What rule applies in a maximummer chess puzzle?

  • White must deliver checkmate without sacrificing any white chessmen.
  • White must deliver checkmate without taking any black chessmen.
  • Black must make the longest move possible.