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Free Chess Test

Please read the following instructions before starting the chess test

Few words before to start the chess test:

  • The test consists of 15 rated quizzes.
  • The diagrams of the test are divided into several categories: opening, strategy, tactics, endgame, and also creativity.
  • It is not a test of tactical exercises only, so consider the following positions as they were taken from your own games.  In a game, nobody alerts you that a tactical blow, a strategic maneuver or a simple move has to be found.
  • In this chess test, you will find all kinds of questions, from very easy to very hard, at random.
  • To be able to answer all the questions you have to know the English descriptive chess notation.
  • It is a hard chess test. Hardly can one take all the points, even if he/she is a chess master.
  • Before you start the test, have a look at the following section.

The 7 criterias of evaluating a position (to help you for the test):

  • the material rapport of the forces
  • the imminent threats
  • the position of the Kings (to what extent are they exposed)
  • the control of the open files
  • the pawns structure, weak and strong squares
  • center and space
  • the development and the position of the pieces

English descriptive chess notation
During the test, you will have to find some moves, so you will have to use the English descriptive chess notation:

  • The pieces notations: King=K, Queen=Q, Rook=R, Bishop=B, Knight=N, pawn=(nothing)
  • To indicate a move, you have to write the initial letter of the piece and the destination square.
  • The destination square has to be indicated like this: first the letter of the file and then the number of the rank, e.g. c5.  But not 5c!  Don't let a space between the signs: c 5, it is not correct.
  • Examples:
    • If you want to move the Bishop on b5, you write Bb5;
    • If you want to move the Pawn on a6, you write a6, without any initial.
    • If you want to capture a piece, you may write either: Bxc6, or Bc6.
  • You have to know also that, in our test is very important the destination square, so pay attention when you solve it.


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