MATH 177 CHESS SAMPLE EXAM You may use a chess set to aid your thoughts WARNING: Your actual exam will contain more and different questions, but the test style/form will be the same as this Sample Exam. Answers to SAMPLE TEST questions below are in RED. __________________  PRINT name above

For [1] through [6] match each opening with its name by writing a letter in each blank to the left of the problem number. Algebraic notation (without brackets) and descriptive notation (with brackets [ ] ) are both given; if there seems to be a conflict or inconsistency, ask the professor immediately.

This form of the Chess Sample test has been contributed by Dave Gomboc of Alberta, Canada. The difference between this page and the version written by Prof McFarland is largely in the algebraic notation used for questions [1] through [6].

C   [1]
 e4 exd5 d4 Nf3 [P-K4] [PxP] [P-Q4] [N-KB3] d5 Nf6 Nxd5 g6 [P-Q4] [N-KB3] [NxP] [P-KN3]

 These would have been fun
A = Queen's Gambit Accepted
B = Bimbo's Opening
C = Center Counter Defense
D = Dutch Defense
E = English Opening
F = French Defense
G = Gruenfeld Defense
H = King's Knight Opening
J = Fianchetto's Opening
K = Kolibri Opening
L = Pirc-Robatsch Defense
M = McFarland's opening
N = Three Knight's Game
P = Petroff's Defense
Q = Caro-Kann Defense
R = Reti's Opening
S = Sicilian Defense
K   [2]
 g4 Bg2 c4 [P-KN4] [B-N2] [P-QB4] d5 e5 c6 [P-Q4] [P-K4] [P-QB3]
N   [3]
 e4 Nf3 Nc3 [P-K4] [N-KB3] [N-B3] e5 Nc6 Bc5 [P-K4] [N-QB3] [B-B4]
Q   [4]
 e4 d4 Nc3 [P-K4] [P-Q4] [N-QB3] c6 d5 dxe4 [P-QB3] [P-Q4] [PxP]
L   [5]
 e4 d4 c3 f4 [P-K4] [P-Q4] [N-QB3] [P-B4] d6 Nf6 g6 Bg7 [P-Q3] [N-KB3] [P-KN3] [B-N2]
G   [6]
 d4 c4 Nc3 cxd5 [P-Q4] [P-QB4] [N-QB3] [PxP] Nf6 g6 d5 Nxd5 [N-KB3] [P-KN3] [P-Q4] [NxP]
 [7] A game position in which neither King is in check but yet neither player has a legal move, is called a    Stalemate   .
 [8] The only move in Chess in which the King moves more than one square, is called Castling   .
 [9] The move in which a pawn is transformed into a queen after travelling to the opposite side of the board is called    promotion   .

Complete the following table; ½ point for each box correctly filled in:
 problem number piece maximum freedom number on an otherwise empty board describe below the set of all locations on an otherwise empty board where freedom number is greatest [10] king 8 Anywhere in the center 36 squares

 [11] The first chess player whose games were written down and saved to this day was    Ruy Lopez   . [12] A nearly complete set of Icelandic chess pieces made of walrus ivory and dated from about 1200 A.D. was probably stolen and found stashed on what island north of Scotland?    Isle of Lewis

In questions [13], [14], [15], [16], and [17], you are shown a chess position in which the white player sits at the bottom of the board, with piece symbols written upright; black sits at the top of each board, with piece symbols written upside down.

 In problems [13 and [14] you are shown endgame positions in which white moves first, and both players make their best possible moves. Write "WIN" or "DRAW" in the blank after each problem number, depending upon which outcome you think would result.

[13]   WIN

[14]   DRAW

 In each of the diagrams below, choose an answer from among the letters A, B, C, and D. The correct letter must describe ALL pawns in its diagram. Write the LETTER of your answer in the blank after each number. A = passed pawn B = isolated pawn C = connected pawns D = doubled pawns

[15]   D

[16]   C
 [17] For the chess position at the right, state the SPACE of white's position. 13
 All pieces in the top 4 ranks (rows) are black All pieces in the bottom 4 ranks (rows) are white

 [18] Name the religion which forbade carving chess pieces to resemble animal figures     ISLAM   .