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Who became the first World Chess Champion?
José Raúl Capablanca
Wilhelm was an Austrian and later American chess master, and the first undisputed World Chess Champion, from 1886 to 1894. He was also a highly influential writer and chess theoretician. He is considered to be the founder of the scientific approach to chess, unveiling in 1873 a new positional style of play.
Where did chess originate from?
Chess is believed to have originated in India. The game was reported in 6th century as a gift of Indian raja to Persian shah Khosrau I Anushiruwān. Original Indian chaturanga was a base of local chatrang, and after Arab conquest of Persian empire it was brought by them to Europe, where it evolved into current form.
Who won the first Women's World Chess Championship?
Vera Menchik was a British-Czechoslovak-Russian chess player who gained renown as the world's first women's chess champion. She successfully defended her title six times in every other championship held during her lifetime, losing only one game, while winning 78 and drawing four games.
What happens if a chess player wants to promote his pawn to a queen (after reaching the eighth rank), but his queen is still on the chessboard?
he must choose another piece
he must wait until the queen is available
he wins the game
he may use any item as the extra queen
Since the queen is the most powerful piece, the vast majority of promotions in practical play are to a queen. If the queen is not available, the official rules are that the player should stop the game clock and summon the arbiter for the correct piece. In casual play, an upside-down rook may be used to designate a queen. Some finer sets do include an extra queen of each color.
How many moves is required to achieve the Scholar's Mate?
Using the algebraic notation, the required moves can be described as follows: e4, e5, Bc4 Nc6, Qh5 Nf6, Qxf7#. The same mating pattern may be reached by various move orders, but in all variations, the basic idea is the same: the queen and bishop combine in a simple mating attack on f7 (or f2 if Black is performing the mate).
What does 'checkmate' literally mean?
the last move
king is helpless
there is no meaning
The term is an alteration of the Persian phrase "Shāh Māt". It is a common misconception that it means "the King is dead", as chess reached Europe via the Islamic world, and Arabic māta means "died".
How many squares does the chessboard for Four-player chess variant have?
Four-player chess is a family of chess variants typically played with four people. A special board made of standard 8×8 squares with an additional 3 rows of 8 cells extending from each side. There are many different rule variations; most variants, however, share the same board and similar piece setup.