Free Quiz Questions on traditional toys and games. Topics include cards, chess, draughts, backgammon.

  1. How many playing pieces does each player have on the board at the start of a game of backgammon?

    15 playing pieces each

  2. Excluding resigning, how many different moves are available to a player who has the first turn in a game of chess?

    20 moves

  3. In total. how many knights are on the board at the start of a game of chess?

    4 (2 white and 2 black)

  4. I brought a pack of hardcore playing cards back from Greece. How many of the 52 cards featured dogs?

    5 cards

  5. What is the highest score a player can achieve in the card game Baccarat?

    a score of 9

  6. What card ranks highest in a game of bridge: Ace, King or Three?

    Ace

  7. Which black piece stands on the f8 square at the start of a game of chess?

    bishop

  8. Which chess piece could be a member of the clergy?

    Bishop

  9. Which white piece stands on the c1 square at the start of a game of chess?

    bishop

  10. Which white piece stands on the f1 square at the start of a game of chess?

    bishop

  11. In which boardgame was the world champion defeated by a computer called Deep Blue in 1997?

    Chess (the champion in question was Gary Kasparov)

  12. What links the names Botvinik, Tal, Karpov, Fischer

    Chess World Champs

  13. What is the name of the American casino game where players roll dice and in which a score of seven is called a "natural"?

    Craps

  14. In Which card Game Do You Score ‘One For His Nob’?

    Cribbage

  15. According to the rules of international draughts: who moves first the light pieces or the dark pieces?

    dark pieces

  16. In 1997, Gary Kasparov the world chess champion was beaten at chess by a computer. What was the computer called: Big Red, Deep Blue, or The Pink Triangle?

    Deep Blue

  17. In Chess: who is better: Grandmaster or an International Master?

    Grandmaster is better

  18. On a standard British deck of cards, which is the only King without a moustache?

    Hearts

  19. I the casino card game Blackjack - what is the highest score you can have without going bust?

    highest is 21

  20. White Chess pieces are traditionally made from the wood from which type of tree?

    Holly

  21. Which black piece stands on the e8 square at the start of a game of chess?

    king

  22. Which white piece stands on the e1 square at the start of a game of chess?

    king

  23. Which white piece stands on the b1 square at the start of a game of chess?

    knight

  24. What are the only two pieces you can move in your first move of a chess game?

    Knight and pawn

  25. Which black piece stands on the d8 square at the start of a game of chess?

    queen

  26. Which white piece stands on the d1 square at the start of a game of chess?

    queen

  27. Which white piece stands on the a1 square at the start of a game of chess?

    Rook (or castle)

  28. Which white piece stands on the h1 square at the start of a game of chess?

    Rook (or castle)


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