Christmas Trivia Quiz - Comments, answers & winners
On December 24, 25 and 26 we were running our Big ChessVibes Christmas 2009 Trivia Quiz. Today we give you all answers to the thirty questions. And we have three winners!
As we expected, the trivia quiz wasn't easy. In a lot of cases, the answers couldn't be found online, or only after spending quite some time surfing the internet. The winning team at René Olthof's 50th birthday party scored about 70%, but because our readers had more than three days to collect the answers, it's no surprise that some of them did better than that. According to the jury the winners are:
|The first prize, a 1-year subscription to New in Chess Yearbook, was won by Joseph Dellaposta from Australia, who scored 92.6%.||The second prize: 1-year subscription to New in Chess Magazine, was won by Christian Sánchez from Argentina, who scored 91.8%||The third prize, a 1-year subscription to Internet Chess Club (ICC), was won by Jurgen Looijestijn from The Netherlands, who scored 89.4%.|
Congratulations to the winners!
Comments from participants
"The quiz is challenging and time consuming."
"Thank you and Rene Olthof for a fun contest. I am afraid I don't know much about music albums."
"I really enjoyed the quiz, with some answers being very hard to find (and some even impossible for me, seeing that I left some blanks...). Hope you will continue this quiz for the following years to come!"
"Great job on this one - I liked the olympiad logo question especially. Devilishly hard until you find a research strategy. Keep up the good work in 2010!"
"What a fine quiz bringing me hours of joy. Searching the internet and looking up things in my chess library broadened my knowledge of the chess world and trivia. However you totally spoiled my wife's Christmas as I was only busy solving the quiz and not paying attention to her or our kids."
"It was a wonderful christmas and enjoyed a great deal with such spicy tough questions."
The Big Christmas 2009 Trivia Quiz - All questions & answers
1. In this quiz we call Wilhelm Steinitz the first World Champion, and Viswanathan Anand the sixteenth. We don't count the FIDE World Champions Khalifman, Ponomariov and Kasimdzhanov.
1A Which number has Garry Kasparov? - Number 13
1B How many World Champions are still alive? - Seven
1C True or not true: every deceased World Champion won the last game he played? - Not true
2. Of all chess players, Paul Keres beat the most World Champions. How many did he beat? - Nine - from Capablanca to Fischer
3. Where were they born? - Answers:
|Pal Benkö||Amiens (FRA)|
|Robert Fischer||Chicago (USA)|
|Emanuel Lasker||Barlinek (POL)|
|Alisa Maric||New York (USA)|
|Cecil Purdy||Port Said (EGY)|
|Yasser Seirawan||Damascus (SYR)|
|Wilhelm Steinitz||Prague (CZE)|
|Jan Timman||Amsterdam (NED)|
|William Watson||Bagdad (IRQ)|
|Natalia Zhukova||Dresden (GER)|
4. This questions is about five important chess cities: Dortmund, Hastings, Linares, Reggio Emilia and Beverwijk/Wijk aan Zee.
4A The five winners of the first editions of these tournaments are mentioned, but which winner belongs to which tournament? Philip Bakker - Beverwijk/Wijk aan Zee, Jaan Eslon - Linares, Otto Marthaler - Reggio Emilia, Fritz Sämisch - Dortmund, Frederick Yates - Hastings.
4B Hastings is traditionally held in the winter, but in 1895, 1919, 1922 and 1995 there was a summer edition. Name three of the four winners. The four names are Pillsbury (1895), Capablanca (1919), Alekhine (1922), Atalik (1995)
True or not true?
4C Boris Spassky won in Dortmund at least once - False
4D Boris Spassky won in Hastings at least once - True
4E Boris Spassky won in Linares at least once - True
4F Boris Spassky won in Reggio Emilia at least once - False
4G Boris Spassky won in Beverwijk/Wijk aan Zee at least once - True
5. Vladimir Kramnik played a total of eight matches in different World Championship cycles.
5A Name his opponents.
1. Yudasin (Wijk aan Zee) 4.5-2.5
2. Kamsky (New York) 1.5-4.5
3. Gelfand (Sanghi Nagar) 3.5-4.5
4. Shirov (Cazorla) 3.5-5.5
5. Kasparov (London) 8.5-6.5
6. Leko (Brissago) 7-7
7. Topalov (Elista) 6-6
8. Anand (Bonn) 4.5-6.5
5B If we count only the classical games (not rapid or blitz), what would be his score? (How many matches did he win, if only classical games would count, how many did he lose and how many ended in a tie?)
6. Of which Chess Olympiads are the following logos?
|6A - Dubai 1986||6B - Dubrovnik 1950|
|6C - Havana 1966||6D - Manila 1992|
|6E - Moscow 1994||6F - Thessaloniki 1984 / 1988|
|6G - Yerevan 1996||6H - Buenos Aires 1978|
7. A question about the FIDE rating list, invented by Hungarian Professor Arpad Elo.
7A Six players have occupied the number one spot. Name them all.
1: Fischer (1970)
2: Karpov (1976)
3: Kasparov (1984)
4: Kramnik (1996) ex aequo
5: Topalov (2006)
6: Anand (2007)
(In the meantime we have a 7th player, Magnus Carlsen!)
7B Which five players have had, at least once, a published rating of over 2800? Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand, Topalov, Carlsen
7C Which two Dutch grandmasters were ever in the top 10? Timman and Van Wely
8. What do the following artists have in common?
|Muddy Waters||Howlin' Wolf|
|Chuck Berry||Bo Diddley|
Chess Records / The Chess Box
9A Two of the sixteen World Champions never played at an Olympiad. Name them. Steinitz and Lasker
9B Reigning World Champions have lost only 9 games out of a total of 23 appearances ever by a reigning World Champion at an Olympiad. Four World Champions lost two - name all four. Alekhine, Euwe, Botvinnik and Kasparov
10A Openings and variations are often named after countries, cities or other geographical terms. One of the following, however, isn't. Which? Bled, Cheliabinsk, Donau, Kecskemet, Kemeri, Saragossa, Siesta, Steenwijk, Wilkes-Barre. Siesta - that's a sanatorium in Budapest
10B Another favourite source for nomenclature are the names of chess players. Which of the following names is not a chess player? Bogoljubow, Petroff, Kalashnikov, Makogonov, Panov, Smyslov, Sveshnikov, Taimanov, Urusoff, Veresov. Kalashnikov - that's a weapon
10C Some names are not well known. Which of the following variations or systems is not named after a chess player? Brentano, Canal, Cordel, Cozio, Damiano, Dilworth, Döry, Knorre, Muzio, Pin. Pin - Bb4 pins Nc3
11. The World Junior Chess Championship has been organized since 1951.
11A Of the following ten players, five won the title once, and five never. Which of these names won the title? Aronian, Bielicki, Carlsen, Fischer, Hübner, Ivkov, Kaplan, Leko, Spassky, Timman. Aronian, Bielicki, Ivkov, Kaplan and Spassky
11B Four of the sixteen World Champions also won the World Junior title. Which four?
Boris Spassky (Antwerp 1955)
Anatoly Karpov (Stockholm 1969)
Garry Kasparov (Dortmund 1980)
Viswanathan Anand (Baguio 1987)
12. Where do they live? - Answers:
|Viswanathan Anand||Collado Mediano|
13. Thirteen games in the match between Anand and Kasparov in 1995 ended in a draw. How often was Kasparov the one who offered a draw?
13D all thirteen
13E There are only three players who played more than one classical game against Kasparov and have a plus score. Name all three players. Kramnik, Lautier and Gulko (Some participants mentioned Konstantin Lerner, but as far as we know he only played one game against Kasparov.)
14 Three photos. One of them is a former World Champ, the other a former FIDE President and the third a former World Junior Champ. Name these three famous players.
|14A - Nona Gaprindashvili||14B - Fridrik Olafsson||14C - Oscar Panno|
15 Four album covers. Name the albums and artists!
|15A - Peter Hammill - Fools Mate||15B- B.Andersson, B.Ulvaeus, T.Rice -
Chess, the musical
|15C - Van der Graaf Generator - Pawn Hearts||15D - The Enid - Six Pieces|
16 IM Christoph Wisnewski wrote a monograph about 1...Nc6, the Nimzovich Opening, for Everyman. Last year a book about opening traps was published by the same publisher, this time written by Christoph Scheerer. ‘Previously Wisnewski’, according to Everyman. This question is about players whose name was changed significantly during their chess career. Connect the old names to the correct new names. - Answers:
17. A question about the World Senior Chess Championship.
17A From what age are you allowed to participate in this event? 60
17B Which player won the title three times? Janis Klovans
17C Of the following names, six players won the title at least once, and six didn't. Which players won the title?
Yuri Averbakh, Jacob Murey, Ewfim Geller, Jusefs Petkevich, Larry Kaufman, Lajos Portisch, Viktor Korchnoi, Vassily Smyslov, Bent Larsen, Boris Spassky, Henrique Mecking, Mark Taimanov. - Ewfim Geller, Jusefs Petkevich, Larry Kaufman, Viktor Korchnoi, Vassily Smyslov and Mark Taimanov
18.There are many couples of two chess players in the chess world. Create the correct couples! - Answers:
|Suat Atalik||Ekaterina Polovnikova|
|Juan Manuel Bellon Lopez||Pia Cramling|
|Pascal Charbonneau||Irina Krush|
|Glenn Flear||Christine Leroy|
|Laurent Fressinet||Almira Skripchenko|
|Daniel Fridman||Anna Zatonskih|
|Robert Fontaine||Kateryna Lahno|
|Jonathan Grant||Ketevan Arakhamia|
|Alexander Grischuk||Natalia Zhukova|
|Boris Gulko||Anna Akhsharumova|
|Gilberto Hernandez||Claudia Amura|
|Lars Bo Hansen||Evgenia Peicheva|
|Alexander Ivanov||Esther Epstein|
|Sergey Karjakin||Katerina Dolzhikova|
|Yona Kosashvili||Sofia Polgar|
|Vadim Malakhatko||Anna Zozulia|
|Mohamed al-Modiahki||Zhu Chen|
|Sergei Movsesian||Petra Krupkova|
|John Nunn||Petra Fink|
|Georgy Orlov||Elena Akhmilovskaya|
|Yasser Seirawan||Yvette Nagel|
|Bartosz Socko||Monika Bobrowska|
|Alex Yermolinsky||Camilla Baginskaite|
19. For a long time Peter Svidler thought the Marshall Gambit of the Ruy Lopez to be dubious, but eventually he started playing the move 8...d5 himself. Who inspired him?
19A Michael Adams
19B John Nunn
19C Jimi Hendrix, whose full name was James Marshall Hendrix
19D Billy Joel
20A Who are the two men in the left picture?
20B Which chess player is chosen for the sculpture on the right?
Left: with sigaret - Emanuel Lasker; with cigar - Berthold Lasker. Right: Max Euwe
Rider Hotel, Cambridge Springs
21. Many of you have probably heard of the Interzonal tournament that was held in 1973 in Petropolis, but do you also know in which country that city is located?
21A Combine the following 'chess cities' with the correct countries in 2009. - Answers:
|Bugojno||Bosnia & Herzegovina|
|Cambridge Springs||United States|
A question about the above cities. True or not true?
21B Abazzia - here the famous theme tournament was held in 1912, where the Evans Gambit was the obligatory opening. False - it was the King's Gambit
21C Barmen - this tournament (1905) had an official tournament song. True
21D Breslau - birth place of Adolf Anderssen. True
21E Bugojno - the main sponsor of these five tournaments was a stitching-machine factory. False - it was a typewriter factory
21F Cambridge Springs - the Rider Hotel, where the famous 1904 tournament took place, burnt down completely during the Bay of Pigs incident in 1961. False - the hotel burnt down alright, however not in 1961 but in 1931
21G Merano - the location of Nabokov's The Luzhin Defence True
21H Petropolis - Stefan Zweig, author of Die Schachnovelle, died here in 1942. True
21I Semmering - the 1937 World Championship match between Vera Menchik and Sonja Graf took place here, in the Panhans Hotel. True
22. Of all chess players, Marcel Duchamp is by far the most famous for activities outside the chess world. Besides playing chess, the following persons have another career, in art, science, politics or a different kind of sports. Make the correct connections! - Answers:
|Utut Adianto||member of parliament|
|Simen Agdestein||soccer player|
|Nona Gaprindashvili||chairman national Olympic committee|
|Alexander Grischuk||poker player|
|Cenek Kottnauer||water polo player|
|Kenneth Rogoff||economist at the IMF|
|Sir George Thomas||badminton & tennis player|
|Milan Vidmar||electro technician|
23. Where were they buried? - Answers:
|Emanuel Lasker||New York|
|Paul Morphy||New Orleans|
|Wilhelm Steinitz||New York|
24. In January 2009, at 15 years, 7 months and 1 day Anish Giri became the youngest Grandmaster in the world. Well, on that day he scored his 3rd GM norm; he received the title officially a bit later.
24A Who was the youngest GM before Giri, and who became the youngest GM after him? Before: Hou Yifan. After: Ray Robson.
24B Traditionally the list of youngest GMs in history starts with Bobby Fischer, who became a GM in 1958, when he was 15 years, 6 months and 1 day old. However, this list of youngest grandmasters ever (so not the youngest GM at a certain moment in the world, but youngest ever) contains ten names, and one of them is Fischer. Give this list of ten names in the correct order.
1950 - 1: David Bronstein (26)
1952 - 2: Tigran Petrosian (22?)
1955 - 3: Boris Spassky (18)
1958 - 4: Robert Fischer (15-6-1)
1991 - 5: Judit Polgar (15-4-28)
1994 - 6: Peter Leko (14-4-22)
1997 - 7: Etienne Bacrot (14-2-0)
1997 - 8: Ruslan Ponomariov (14-0-17)
1999 - 9: Bu Xiangzhi (13-10-13)
2002 - 10: Sergey Karjakin (12-7-0)
25. The grandmaster tournament Kiev 1978 was won by Alexander Beliavsky, who, despite losses against the number 2 and 3, won the tournament with a 2-point margin. However, the tournament became famous because of something else: the tournament book. What was so special about this book?
Shortly before the tournament Lev Alburt, member of the Burevestnik-Europacup team, fled to the West in West-Germany. He became a persona non grata in the USSR and therefore his name can nowhere be found in the tournament book.
26. We know the player in the picture as a strong grandmaster. In Iceland, however, he's mainly known as the founder and president of the only Icelandic bank that didn't collapse in 2008. What's his name (and the name of the bank)?
27. In the picture we see Ton Timman playing against his more famous brother Jan. Below you'll find duos; eight of these duos are siblings, eight are not. Which eight duos are siblings?
|Espen/Simen Agdestein||John/Paul Littlewood|
|Georgy/Viacheslav Agzamov||Turkan/Zeinab Mamedjarova|
|Daniel/Rafael Fridman||Alisa/Mirjana Maric|
|Krum/Kiril Georgiev||Predrag/Nebojsa Nikolic|
|Ilya/Dmitry Gurevich||Boris/Ruslan Ponomariov|
|Mikhail/Vladimir Gurevich||Nigel/Philip Short|
|Csaba/Jozsef Horvath||Igor/Alexander Zaitsev|
|Edward/Emanuel Lasker||Andrei/Sergei Zhigalko|
|28. In this video you can see one of the most successful table tennis players today (red shirt). But what is his name?
28A Bu Xiangzhi
28B Ni Hua
28C Wang Hao
28D Wang Yue
29. There are not many players who represented three different federations at Olympiads. From the following list of players, pick the two players who do not belong to this small group: Alexander Beliavsky, Erich Eliskases, Boris Gelfand, Mikhail Gurevich, Viktor Korchnoi, Zdenko Kozul, Ivan Sokolov.
Alexander Beliavsky (URS-UKR-SLO)
Erich Eliskases (AUT-GER-ARG)
Boris Gelfand (URS-BLR-ISR)
Mikhail Gurevich (BEL-TUR)
Viktor Kortchnoi (URS-SUI)
Zdenko Kozul (YUG-BIH-CRO)
Ivan Sokolov (YUG-BIH-NED)
30. Chess journalism - which names belong to which media? - Answers:
|Leonard Barden||Columnist The Guardian|
|Frederic Friedel||Editor Chessbase (English)|
|Leontxo Garcia||Columnist El País|
|Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam||Editor New in Chess Magazine|
|Mark Gluhovsky||Editor 64|
|Dirk Poldauf||Editor Schach|
|John Saunders||Editor British Chess Magazine|
|Jennifer Shahade||Editor Chess Life Online|
|Yuri Vasiliev||Photographer Sport-Express|
|Nadja Woisin||Editor Chessbase (Spanish)|
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