Quiz: Chess Puzzles

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Quiz: Chess Puzzles
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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
The stipulation is a statement that dictates what the puzzle player is to accomplish. A common example is “white to play and win in three moves.”
a necessary sacrifice

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What's the name for a chess puzzle with the task “white to play and win in two moves?”
simplemate
directmate
A directmate asks the player to win in a certain number of moves.
selfmate

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Which type of chess puzzle does not require completion in a certain number of moves?
reflexmate
helpmate
study
A study asks white to win (or draw), but it doesn't require the player to do so in a certain number of moves.

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Which kind of chess puzzle asks white to force black to deliver a checkmate, while black resists?
selfmate
A selfmate is a puzzle where white tries to force black into delivering a checkmate. Helpmates are slightly different, because black cooperates to deliver the checkmate.
helpmate
reversemate

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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
A retrograde analysis puzzle asks a question (such as “whose turn is it to move?”) that requires the player to figure out the previous set of moves.
deductive reasoning puzzle
evaluation puzzle

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In a chess problem, what is known as “the key?”
the first move
The key is the correct first move in a problem. Keys are often unexpected moves that don’t result in a check or an attack.
the checkmate move
the black king

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In what kind of chess puzzle might you find a nightrider?
wizard chess
elf chess
fairy chess
A nightrider is a popular unorthodox piece used in fairy chess, a genre of chess puzzles that incorporates unusual rules and pieces.

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What's the name for an incorrect first move in a chess problem?
a faux pas
a try
A “try” is a first move that looks like it will solve the problem, but is actually incorrect.
a trap

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A chess problem with more than one solution is said to be what?
fixed
crooked
cooked
A problem is considered to be “cooked” when it has more than one solution (or more solutions than the composer intended).

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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.
A maximummer requires black to make the geometrically longest move possible. These are used most often in selfmates. Though they're less common, a double maximummer requires both sides to make the longest moves possible.

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