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A Game of Strategy: The Chess Quiz
by Staff
Chess takes minutes to learn and a lifetime to master — no wonder it's got so many fans! Take our quiz to see how much you know about the game, its history and its greatest moments.

What year did the game of chess originate?

  • 600 B.C.E.
  • 600 C.E.
  • 1200 C.E.

What was the king called in the original Indian version of chess?

  • sultan
  • king
  • rajah

When was the International Chess Foundation established?

  • 15th century
  • 17th century
  • 19th century

What color should the square on the corner of the board at the player's right-hand side be?

  • It doesn't matter.
  • green
  • white

How many squares are on a chessboard?

  • 64
  • 132
  • 256

What are the rows on a chessboard called?

  • file
  • rank
  • bars

What is the correct name for the columns on a chessboard?

  • rows
  • files
  • lines

True or false: When naming a square on the board, the file always comes first.

  • true
  • false

What piece goes on the corner spaces in the row closest to each player?

  • bishop
  • knight
  • rook

What is the maximum number of spaces that a rook can travel in one move?

  • one
  • two
  • eight

What piece sits next to the rook when setting up the chessboard?

  • knight
  • bishop
  • queen

True or false: The knight is the only piece in chess that can jump over other pieces.

  • true
  • false

Who goes first in chess?

  • oldest player
  • youngest player
  • player using white pieces

Which direction do bishops move?

  • along a single rank or file
  • in an L-shape
  • diagonally

What color square should the white queen rest on at the start of the game?

  • green
  • white
  • It depends.

What direction can the queen move in chess?

  • diagonally only
  • in a single rank or file only
  • anywhere she wants

What piece must be captured to end the game?

  • queen
  • king
  • all the pieces

How many spaces can the king move in a single turn?

  • one
  • two
  • eight

How many pawns does each player have in a game?

  • one
  • eight
  • 16

What do you say when you threaten your opponent's king?

  • check
  • en garde
  • beware

What is the maximum number of spaces that a pawn can move in one turn?

  • one
  • two
  • eight

What piece does NOT move during castling?

  • king
  • rook
  • queen

True or false: You are NOT allowed to castle out of check.

  • true
  • false

What pieces are involved in en passant?

  • pawns
  • knights
  • rooks

What do chess players call it when they win the game?

  • final check
  • complete check
  • checkmate

What happens if you have no available moves, but your king is not currently under attack?

  • a draw
  • You lose.
  • You win.

How old was chess legend Bobby Fischer during the "Game of the Century"?

  • 8 years old
  • 13 years old
  • 18 years old

True or false: The longest game of correspondence chess — chess by mail — lasted for 53 years.

  • true
  • false

What is the fewest number of moves needed to win a game of chess?

  • one
  • two
  • three

What is the official tournament board called?

  • Staunton
  • Stanford
  • Stump