Beginner Chess Trivia QuizFree Trivia Questions - Printable
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How many squares are on a chessboard?
64 - The board is set up in an eight square by eight square configuration.
How many chess pieces does each player have at the start of a
16 - Each player starts the game with 16 pieces that are either black or white.
How many pawns does a player have at the start of a game?
8 - The pawns are set up in the front row.
How many spaces is the king permitted to move?
1 - The king can move a single square in any direction.
Which piece on the chess game board moves in an "L" shaped
Knight - The knight is also sometimes called the horse.
What is another name for the castle?
Rook - The rook is not able to move diagonally.
Which piece must move diagonally to capture another piece?
Pawn - A pawn normally moves forwards, but must capture another piece by moving diagonally.
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
A situation where the player has no legal moves - In competitive play, a stalemate is considered to be a
How is a bishop permitted to move?
a. One square at a time
b. In an “L” shape
c. Forwards and sideways
Diagonally - A bishop can move any number of squares, but only in a diagonal line.
Which piece on the board is either only on black or white
squares for the entire game?
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 is able to swap places with the king, provided
piece neither has moved previously?
Castle - The move is referred to as castling.
Which piece is permitted to jump over another piece?
Knight - A knight can do this because it moves in an L shape.
Which piece can only move in a forward direction?
Pawn - A pawn moves diagonally when attacking.
Which is the only piece on the board that cannot capture a
King - A king can only move one square at a time.
Where did the game of chess originate?
India - This game is more than 1, 500 years old.
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