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2012 Chess.com Holiday Puzzler

  • SonofPearl
  • on 21.12.12 10:56.


At last the wait is finally over, so without further ado, welcome to the 2012 Chess.com Holiday Puzzler! Cool

What better way to entertain yourself over the holiday season than by trying to answer the questions in our fun seasonal chess quiz? Cool

There should be something for everyone, so you don't need to be a Grandmaster to have a go!

But don't forget, this is a prize competition so...

Don't answer in the comments! 

Instead, send your answers to holidaypuzzler@chess.com and you could win one of the fabulous prizes below!

First prize: One year Diamond membership, plus t-shirt
Second prize: One year Platinum membership, plus t-shirt
Third prize: One year Gold membership, plus t-shirt
Fourth prize: One month Diamond Membership plus t-shirt
Fifth-Tenth prize: One month Diamond Membership

So get puzzling, and send in your answers to the email address above.  Please include your Chess.com username with your answers, so we know who you are!  Only one entry per member, so think carefully before you send your answers in - changes are not allowed!

Any ties will be broken by a random draw, so there's no need to hurry.  Entries will be accepted up to and including 31 December 2012, and the winners will be announced early in the new year.  Good luck, and have a great 2013!

The competition is now closed.  The answers and results are here!



1. A major new chess tournament in 2012 experimented with the re-introduction of adjournments.  What was the name of the tournament and who was the winner?


2. Who played the black pieces in this rapid game from 2012, beating world #1 Magnus Carlsen?


3. Can you name this chess Grandmaster pictured at a tournament in 2012?

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4. What was the price of a ticket to the 2012 Istanbul Chess Olympiad's Bermuda party?


5. After six moves of a very strange chess game, the position below has been reached.  Can you work out the moves of the game (6 moves for both players)?


6. Which Grandmaster broke the record for appearances at chess Olympiads when he represented his country for the 21st time at the 2012 competition in Istanbul? 


7. My pesky MS Word document has auto-corrected these famous chess players names! Can you work out who they are?

a) Gaga Kiosk
b) Banish Girl
c) Seeger Terrace
d) Ruin Life
e) Limos Putsch


8. This year Chess.com’s very own David Pruess and Danny Rensch moonlighted as chess consultants during the filming of a new movie.  What is the working title of the movie, and who was the big Hollywood star in the cast?


9. Can you name these two cosmonauts taking time out to play a game of chess before their flight?

Question 9 pic.jpg


10. Name this player describing their emotions after a chess game..."When I lose, I'm in pain. It's not depression but a crappy why-am-I-so-dumb? feeling.  It passes quickly if I get away from the tournament hall and watch a movie, have a glass of wine, or spend time with friends who aren't in the chess world.  When I win, though, the glow stays with me."


11. Judit Polgar wasn’t the only woman to play in the Open section at the 2012 Chess Olympiad in Istanbul. Which Georgian-born Grandmaster represented her adopted home country for the second time, having earned her final GM norm at the 2008 Olympiad in Dresden?


12. So far Chess.com has staged 9 Death Matches, with the next due on 12th January between Parimarjan Negi and Alejandro Ramirez. But who has been the highest-rated Death Match player so far (by the current FIDE rating list)?


13.The chess position below featured in a major Hollywood movie.  What was the name of the movie and what were the final moves of the game?


14. Some say the best chess player in the world is the player ranked at #1 on FIDE’s official rating lists.  Others say that it is the world champion, by definition. Often this is the same player!  But have there been any official world champions since the inception of FIDE ratings (not counting the FIDE KO events) who were not ranked #1 at least once during their reign?  If so, who?


15. The position below is from a game played in 2012. Can you name the rising young star who was playing with the black pieces, and what was his stunning next move?

16. When Vishy Anand successfully defended his world chess championship title in May this year there were grumblings about the number of draws in the match.  But which match of all the official world chess championship matches featured the fewest draws?


17. Who is this smiling man, and what is his most famous connection to chess?

Question 17 pic.jpg

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18. Who am I?  I started playing chess at 13 years of age after my older brother qualified for a Chess Olympiad.  Within 2 years I had won my national under-16 championship. Now aged 33, I am the highest ranked player in my country and recently earned my third GM norm at the 2012 Olympiad. 


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  • vor 19 Monate

    mottsauce

    #5 was brilliant. I spent way, way too long on it...

  • vor 19 Monate

    SonofPearl

    @ Elubas - yes, the answers will be given in a separate news article in early January.

  • vor 19 Monate

    GoodGoodChess

    number 3 is so easy to solve

  • vor 19 Monate

    Elubas

    Will the answers be revealed after it's over? Because I want to know the answer to #5 as I spent a long time on it.

  • vor 19 Monate

    001Ayeman

    I can only tell a and b of #7.

  • vor 19 Monate

    SonofPearl

    @ changgi - It's up to individual members. If all people care about is maybe winning a prize then obviously I can't stop them soliciting or sharing answers.  But most people are just enjoying the quiz and submitting the best answers they can by themselves.

  • vor 19 Monate

    Changgi

    Then what about the prizes? You removed the link, and now people who didn't solve the puzzles are going to get the prizes, while those who figured it out wouldn't...

  • vor 19 Monate

    SonofPearl

    @ changgi - I can't possibly stop members discussing the questions in the forums or privately, but most people like to try to solve the questions by themselves for fun, so I'd prefer that answers or links to discussions/answers aren't posted here. Cool

  • vor 19 Monate

    Changgi

    How is it that people are actually discussing the answer to these questions in the forums?

  • vor 19 Monate

    SKiWaLkeR

    not.

  • vor 19 Monate

    SonofPearl

    @ FallingUp - I won't mark them properly until after the deadline has passed, so I don't know for sure yet... Wink

  • vor 19 Monate

    SonofPearl

    @ FallingUp - Laughing ! Some of the answers that I have already received have got no.17 right, so no! Sealed

  • vor 19 Monate

    SonofPearl

    @ Changgi - yes, that's right.. Watch this space :-)

  • vor 19 Monate

    Changgi

    Hold on, "news article" as in an online article, right? (Guess I'm still too new here...)

  • vor 19 Monate

    SonofPearl

    Yes, if you win a t-shirt someone will contact you for your address and size. The answers will be given in a news article early in the new year.

  • vor 19 Monate

    Changgi

    OK, that's good to know. Thanks. One more thing though. After the competition's finished, will the answers be announced (even to those who didn't join)? Cause I definitely hope that it will.

  • vor 19 Monate

    SKiWaLkeR

    Can we give our Shirt size or something?? :)

  • vor 19 Monate

    SonofPearl

    The t-shirts can be shipped to any address worldwide :-)

  • vor 19 Monate

    Chess4001

    Wow, number 5 really is ridiculous. Can't get 6 moves, closest is 7 through all of my efforts...

    Numbers 3 and 17 are pretty much impossible as well... google doesn't give hits for them. 

  • vor 19 Monate

    Chess4001

    Changgi, chess.com would ship it overseas. I would consider them to be trustworthy as it's not fair to keep prizes away from people based on their locations.

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