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February 26th
Questions
  • Which chess player wrote the influential book 'My System', emphasizing the importance of positional play and strategy in chess?
  • In chess, what is the term for the strategic maneuver where a player controls key squares or limits the opponent's pieces' mobility?
  • Who is the first chess player to be awarded the title of International Grandmaster by FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Échecs)?
  • Which chess player, known for his positional mastery, famously said, 'Chess is played with the mind and not with the hands'?
  • In chess, what term is used to describe a pawn that has advanced to the opponent's sixth rank and can be promoted to any other piece upon reaching the eighth rank?

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February 26th
Questions
  • Which chess variant features a 10x8 board, two additional pieces per side, and introduces two new pieces, the chancellor and the archbishop?
  • In chess terminology, what is the term for a pawn on the second rank of the board that is protected by another pawn of the same color?
  • Which chess player, known for his sharp tactical skills and aggressive style, was the first American to challenge for the World Chess Championship in 1972?
  • What is the term in chess for a move that puts the opponent's king in check and simultaneously attacks a piece or pawn that could capture the checking piece?
  • Which chess world champion, known for his exceptional endgame skills and strategic mastery, famously said, 'The passed pawn is a criminal, who should be kept under lock and key. Mild measures, such as police surveillance, are not sufficient'?

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February 26th
Questions
  • Who is the youngest official chess player to achieve the Grandmaster title, having done so at the age of 12 years and 7 months in 2002?
  • Which chess player, known for his unique playing style and creativity, was once disqualified for writing notes to himself during a match in the 1999 FIDE World Chess Championship?
  • In 1978, which former World Chess Champion made history by defecting from the Soviet Union during the Chess Olympiad in Buenos Aires to seek political asylum in the United States?
  • Which chess player, known for his aggressive and tactical playing style, became the World Chess Champion in 1972 by defeating Boris Spassky in a highly publicized match held in Reykjavik, Iceland?
  • In 1993, a controversial split in the World Chess Championship led to two separate events. Who won the PCA (Professional Chess Association) title that year, defeating Anatoly Karpov in the final?

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February 26th
Questions
  • Which chess player, known for his unorthodox playing style and creativity, famously said, 'The beauty of a move lies not in its appearance but in the thought behind it'
  • In chess, what is the term for a tactical maneuver where a player sacrifices a knight to expose the opponent's king position and create attacking opportunities?
  • Which chess player, known for his deep understanding of positional play and endgames, is often referred to as the 'Magician from Riga'?
  • What is the term used in chess for a strategic maneuver where a player creates a pawn chain to control key squares and restrict the opponent's pieces' mobility?
  • Which chess player, known for his exceptional endgame skills and precise calculation, famously said, 'Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation'?

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February 23rd
Questions
  • Who is the only player to have won the World Chess Championship and the World Computer Chess Championship in the same year?
  • Which chess player famously said, 'The beauty of a move lies not in its appearance but in the thought behind it'
  • In the game of chess, what is the term for a tactic involving a pawn move that attacks two enemy pieces simultaneously?
  • Which chess player, known for his aggressive and tactical playing style, became the World Chess Champion at the age of 22?
  • What is the term used in chess for a strategic maneuver where a player deliberately provokes weaknesses in the opponent's position to gain an advantage?

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February 23rd
Questions
  • Which famous chess player is known for the 'Poisoned Pawn' variation, a sharp and risky line in the Sicilian Defense?
  • In chess, what is the term for a tactical maneuver where a player sacrifices a bishop on h7/h2 to open up the opponent's king position?
  • Which chess world champion is known for his exceptional skill in the endgame and is nicknamed the 'Endgame Virtuoso'?
  • What is the term used in chess to describe a position where a player has a knight on an outpost, a square that cannot be attacked by opponent's pawns?
  • Which chess player, known for his innovative and aggressive playing style, famously said, 'In life, as in chess, forethought wins'

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February 23rd
Questions
  • Which famous chess player popularized the concept of 'prophylaxis' in chess, emphasizing the idea of preventing the opponent's plans and threats?
  • In chess, what is the term for a maneuver where a player deliberately leaves a pawn undefended to lure the opponent into capturing it, creating weaknesses in the opponent's position?
  • Which chess player, known for his tactical prowess, famously said, 'The combination player thinks forward; he starts from the given position, and tries the forceful moves in his mind'?
  • What is the term used in chess for a situation where a player sacrifices material to disrupt the opponent's coordination and create tactical opportunities?
  • Which chess player, known for his strategic play and precise endgame technique, famously said, 'The hardest thing, in fact, is to win a won game'?

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February 23rd
Questions
  • In chess, what is the term for a position where one player has two pieces attacking a square, and the opponent has only one piece defending it, creating a potential advantage?
  • Which famous chess player is known for his exceptional skill in the endgame and is nicknamed the 'Endgame Virtuoso'?
  • What is the term used in chess to describe a pawn that is blocked by another pawn of the same color on an adjacent file, limiting its movement and potential to advance?
  • Which chess player, known for his innovative and aggressive playing style, famously said, 'Chess is life'?
  • In chess, what is the term for a tactic where a player sacrifices a piece to break through the opponent's pawn structure, creating weaknesses and attacking opportunities?

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February 19th
Questions
  • Who is the current World Chess Champion as of 2021, holding the title since 2018?
  • What is the name of the chess opening that begins with the moves 1.e4 c5, known for its sharp and tactical nature?
  • Which famous chess player is known for his groundbreaking work 'My System', emphasizing the importance of positional play and strategy?
  • In chess, what term is used to describe a pawn that has advanced to the opponent's sixth rank and can be promoted to any other piece upon reaching the eighth rank?
  • Which chess prodigy became the youngest Grandmaster in history at the age of 12, breaking the record previously held by Garry Kasparov?

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February 19th
Questions
  • Which famous chess player is known for the 'Boden's Mate', a checkmating pattern named after him?
  • In chess, what is the term for the situation where a player maneuvers their pieces to control key squares or restrict the opponent's pieces?
  • Which chess player, known for his positional mastery, famously said, 'Chess is played with the mind and not with the hands'?
  • What is the term used in chess to describe a situation where a player deliberately allows their opponent to capture a piece for tactical or strategic reasons?
  • Who is the youngest player to win the World Chess Championship, achieving the feat at the age of 22?

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February 19th
Questions
  • Which chess world champion is known for his exceptional skill in the endgame and is nicknamed the 'Endgame Virtuoso'?
  • Who is the only player to have defeated Garry Kasparov in a World Chess Championship match?
  • Which chess player, known for his strategic prowess, famously said, 'The passed pawn is a criminal, who should be kept under lock and key. Mild measures, such as police surveillance, are not sufficient'?
  • Who was the first chess player to be awarded the title of International Grandmaster by FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Échecs)?
  • Which chess player, known for his aggressive playing style, famously said, 'Chess is life'?

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February 19th
Questions
  • Which famous chess player is known for his book 'My Great Predecessors' that covers the history of the World Chess Championship?
  • What is the term used in chess to describe the situation where a player has no legal moves but is not in check?
  • Which chess player is known for introducing the concept of 'Chess960' or Fischer Random Chess, a variant of the game where the starting position of the pieces is randomized?
  • In chess, what is the term for a tactic where a player sacrifices a piece to open up lines for an attack on the opponent's king?
  • Which chess player is known for his exceptional skill in the endgame and is often referred to as the 'Minister of Defense'?

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February 2nd
Questions
  • Who was the first woman to be awarded the title of Grandmaster in chess, achieving the honor in 1978
  • Which chess player is known for creating the 'Botvinnik System' in the English Opening
  • Who was the first computer program to win a chess game against a reigning world champion
  • What is the term used to describe a chess tactic where a player moves their rook to the same file as their opponent's king, putting the king in check while attacking another piece
  • Who is known for creating the 'Hippopotamus Defense' in chess, a flexible and solid opening characterized by a pawn structure resembling the namesake animal's nose and mouth

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February 2nd
Questions
  • Who was the first official World Chess Champion, holding the title from 1886 to 1894?
  • In chess, what is the term for a pawn structure where a player has three pawns of the same color on adjacent files, typically seen in the French Defense and Caro-Kann Defense?
  • Who is the youngest player to achieve the title of Grandmaster in chess history?
  • Which chess player, known for his exceptional endgame skills, is often referred to as the 'Endgame Virtuoso'?
  • What is the term used to describe a chess tactic where a player sacrifices a knight to expose the opponent's king and deliver a checkmate?

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September 1st
Questions
  • Who is considered to be the greatest chess composer of all time?
  • Which chess opening is known for its double fianchetto setup?
  • Who holds the record for the longest unbeaten streak in competitive chess?
  • Which chess player is known for popularizing the 'Hedgehog' pawn structure?
  • In chess, what is the term for a move that sacrifices a piece to gain a strong initiative or attack?

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August 21st
Questions
  • Which chess grandmaster is known for developing the Najdorf Variation in the Sicilian Defense?
  • In chess, what is the term for a move where a player sacrifices a piece to achieve a later advantage?
  • Which chess player is known for his famous 'Immortal Game' played in 1851?
  • What is the term used to describe a chess move where a pawn reaches the eighth rank and is promoted to a different piece?
  • Who is considered to be the first official World Chess Champion?

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August 15th
Questions
  • What is the term used to describe a chess move in which a player sacrifices a piece to expose the opponent's king?
  • Which famous chess player is known for using a unique opening that begins with 1.Na3?
  • In chess, what is the term for a move that simultaneously attacks two opposing pieces or squares?
  • Which chess world champion is known for his famous 'Immortal Game' played in 1851?
  • What is the term used to describe a chess move in which a pawn captures an opponent's pawn en passant?

Medium

August 8th
Questions
  • What is the term used to describe a chess move in which a player offers their opponent a piece to capture?
  • Who is considered to be the greatest chess player of all time?
  • What is the name of the chess opening that starts with the moves 1.e4 c5?
  • What is the term used to describe a chess move in which a pawn reaches the eighth rank and is promoted to a different piece?

Medium

August 7th
Questions
  • What is the term used to describe a chess move in which a player simultaneously puts their opponent's king in check and attacks a second piece?
  • In chess, what is the name of the move where a pawn advances two squares from its starting position?
  • What is the term used in chess to describe a position where a player's king is directly attacked by an opponent's piece and has no legal moves to escape?

Medium

August 7th
Questions
  • What is the term used to describe a chess move in which a pawn captures an opponent's pawn on an adjacent file?
  • In chess notation, what is the symbol used to represent a pawn?
  • What is the name of the chess strategy where a player sacrifices a piece in order to gain a positional advantage or deliver a checkmate?
  • What is the maximum number of moves in a game of chess before it is declared a draw due to the fifty-move rule?