The legal move quiz

So in order to help teach my friend to develop skills in this great battle, as the great Emanuel Lasker would say, “By some ardent enthusiasts Chess has been elevated into a science or an art. It is neither; but its principal characteristic seems to be – what human nature mostly delights in – a fight. …” play chess, I am creating a legal move test. This should actually help find mates and avoid draws as well.

The first question on this list…

1. Given what we know of the legal movements of the pieces and the ability of the knight to attack the d5 pawn in this position, is it possible for the knight to capture the pawn on d5 in the position that this is in?


2. The following position once arose in a game of mine that was played. Is it legal for white to capture the knight on e5 in this position?


3. Does the white king have a legal move in the following position?


4. Given that in chess algebraic notation, a K stands for the king, and the letter and number designate what square it is going to, and the letter and number stand for the pawn and the square it goes to, an x designates a capture, a + designates a king is in check, what following move order would force the white king into allowing black to promote a pawn and subsequently mate him? (For help on the squares, go here) a. h2+ Kxg2 b. Kf3 Kh2 Kf2 Kxh3 c. Kg3 d. Kf4 Kh2


5. Is this a checkmate?


6. Is this a checkmate?


7. Is this a checkmate?


8. Is this a checkmate?

How did you do?
Answer key (NO PEAKING AT THIS UNTIL YOU’RE DONE!!!)
1. no
2. yes
3. no (bonus if you figured out that this is called a stalemate)
4. b
5. yes
6. no
7. yes
8. yes

As we can see, some basic mates are seen here as well. Queen and king, rook and king, two bishops and a king. I would assign you homework to practice some of these. There is a more difficult one with knight and bishop as well to work on. Just go over these on a chess board if you have one or look up a site that covers them.

Score sheet–9/8–super grandmaster 8/8 grandmaster 7/8 international master 5/8-6/8 FIDE master 3/8-4/8 candidate master 0/8-2/8 are you new to chess by chance?

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A student. Male. Passionate. Easily offended. Child-like wonderer. Growing in faith, messing up daily.
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3 Responses to The legal move quiz

  1. jrj1701 says:

    Wow I am a grandmaster somewhere, a super one at that, unfortunately this ain’t helping in my tournament in which I am getting slaughtered by higher ranking players.

    • Well fortunately who I’m teaching here is actually a beginner who had no clue how the pieces even moved previously. Like I mentioned to you before, you really gotta study the various openings and tactics and get a feel for how to play both aggressively and defensively according to the situation. Sending you a game I just played now–standard, 15 min. +5 sec. per move, opponent had a rating of about 300 points above me. I beat him 39 moves. He had me on the defensive most of the game. Opening–English vector gambit.

    • Correction: Anglo-Indian defense.

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