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Beginner Chess Trivia Quiz

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64 - The board is set up in an eight square by eight square configuration.How many squares are on a chessboard?

a. 81
b. 25
c. 100
d. 64


16 - Each player starts the game with 16 pieces that are either black or white.How many chess pieces does each player have at the start of a game?

a. 8
b. 20
c. 24
d. 16


8 - The pawns are set up in the front row.How many pawns does a player have at the start of a game?

a. 6
b. 8
c. 4
d. 2


1 - The king can move a single square in any direction.How many spaces is the king permitted to move?

a. Unlimited
b. 1
c. 5
d. 3


Knight - The knight is also sometimes called the horse.Which piece on the chess game board moves in an "L" shaped pattern?

a. Rook
b. Bishop
c. Knight
d. Pawn


Rook - The rook is not able to move diagonally.What is another name for the castle?

a. Knight
b. Rook
c. Bishop
d. Pawn


Pawn - A pawn normally moves forwards, but must capture another piece by moving diagonally.Which piece must move diagonally to capture another piece?

a. Pawn
b. Castle
c. King
d. Knight


A situation where the player has no legal moves - In competitive play, a stalemate is considered to be a draw. What is a stalemate?

a. The opening move of a game
b. When the white payer wins
c. When the black player wins
d. A situation where the player has no legal moves


Diagonally - A bishop can move any number of squares, but only in a diagonal line.How is a bishop permitted to move?

a. One square at a time
b. In an “L” shape
c. Forwards and sideways
d. Diagonally


Bishop - At the beginning of the game, each bishop starts on either a black or white square, and remains on that color for the entire game.Which piece on the board is either only on black or white squares for the entire game?

a. Pawn
b. Queen
c. Bishop
d. Castle


Castle - The move is referred to as castling.Which piece is able to swap places with the king, provided piece neither has moved previously?

a. Pawn
b. Queen
c. Knight
d. Castle


Knight - A knight can do this because it moves in an L shape.Which piece is permitted to jump over another piece?

a. King
b. Bishop
c. Queen
d. Knight


Pawn - A pawn moves diagonally when attacking. Which piece can only move in a forward direction?

a. Queen
b. Knight
c. King
d. Pawn


King - A king can only move one square at a time. Which is the only piece on the board that cannot capture a king?

a. King
b. Pawn
c. Queen
d. Rook


India - This game is more than 1, 500 years old.Where did the game of chess originate?

a. India
b. China
c. Egypt
d. Rome




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