Fun with quizzes

by Albert Silver
5/26/2022 – Among the growing number of apps and functions available with ChessBase Account is the Quiz. Most of the functions in a subscription have an inherent training or educational factor in their usage, and the quiz is no exception, But even more than what it can teach you is the plain old 'fun' factor. Read on to learn more!

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As a budding player, one of my favorite chess books of all time was "The Complete Chess Addict" by Mike Fox and Richard James.

This delightful work has seen many imitators since its publication

It had this magic combination of interesting (and sometimes funny) anecdotes, as well as instructive facts that always seemed to scratch that itch.

The Quiz page of ChessBase Account allows you to answer a wide assortment of questions, testing your knowledge, and building it with its answers when you don't know them.

The structure is under the guise of a multiple choice question. All you have to do is click on your answer, or tap it if accessing via a phone or tablet.

Here is another example:

In the example above, you can see the tongue-in-cheek options of who proposed to create a Vera Menchik club. Vera Menchik was the greatest woman player for decades, setting the stage for women's chess as a whole. The possible answers: McEnroe, Lendl, Borg, and Becker are obvious references to elite tennis players of the 1980s, but the play on words is because the answer is Becker, just not Boris Becker (a chess fan in his own right), but rather the Viennese master Albert Becker. The answer accompanies a detailed anecdote to explain the context of the question and answer. A bit on the early battles against sexism in chess.

I did not actually know this tail before seeing this in the Quiz function, and it brought to mind the (in)famous comments by Geller during the 1988 Chess Olympiad which introduced the Polgar sisters for the first time, "Now we will see if they are geniuses, or just women." Judit's 12.5/13 settled that, and in 1989 she became the youngest player to ever enter the world absolute Top 100 (no.40 something) at age 12. A record she holds to this day. 

Like its many sibling web apps, your score is kept so you can not only see how many you got right or wrong, but how your ranking compares to other users. Still, with over 1000 questions and answers, you will have more than enough to scratch that Trivial Pursuit itch, and learn a few things in the process. Do check it out and have fun!

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Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications, and the content creator of the YouTube channel, Chess & Tech.