Chess history trivia

Historical knowledge and information regarding our great game.
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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Mar 15, 2020 5:15 pm

Ah fair point, my confusion.
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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Townsend » Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:21 pm

Which famous diplomat and chessplayer was buried at St. Pancras on 28 May 1810?

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:50 pm

Chevalier d'Éon
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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Townsend » Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:58 pm

Ah, yes, Justin. Too easy, I can see ...

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by MJMcCready » Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:21 am

Which brothers met for the first time in an olympiad playing for different countries?

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Post by John Upham » Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:42 am

John Townsend wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:58 pm
Ah, yes, Justin. Too easy, I can see ...
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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Moore » Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:43 am

MJMcCready wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:21 am
Which brothers met for the first time in an olympiad playing for different countries?
Dan Yanofsky from Canada apparently first met his brother, one J Janofsky, at the Buenos Aries Olympiad in 1939. But I don't think you'll find that Mr J was playing in the Olympiad - he just happened to have moved to Argentina.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by MJMcCready » Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:40 pm

Yikes, I have a propensity to misjudge these questions. I felt bad that the question was too hard. Obviously not.

Okay here's a really tough one that google can't help you with.

Which unofficial world champion keeps adding questions to this thread that he thinks are too difficult but are too easy.

Bonus question (super-tough) which league does he remain so deeply proud of despite not being an active member of it for many many years and when he did play in it he wasn't that good anyway.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Townsend » Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:22 pm

Another question:

Which keen chessplayer met with a top Nazi during World War II to discuss a peace proposal?

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by NickFaulks » Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:45 pm

I know that one. John Simon, the Lord Chancellor. Top Nazi was Rudolf Hess, of course.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Townsend » Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:53 pm

Yes, well done, Nick. The meeting took place on 9 June 1941 at Mytchett Place, near Aldershot. It seems Hess also played chess. Does anyone have information about that?

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Alex McFarlane » Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:24 pm

On a similar vein, which keen chess player's signature is on display at the Palace of Versaille?

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:59 pm

Alex McFarlane wrote:
Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:24 pm
On a similar vein, which keen chess player's signature is on display at the Palace of Versaille?
Napoleon Bonaparte is either the right answer or the QI sirens answer, but I'll go with it.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Alex McFarlane » Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:03 pm

I hope you are well and truly deafened.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Townsend » Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:14 pm

Is it Bonar Law?

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