Each year at the SPICE Cup closing party at my home, the players participate in a fun chess trivia contest.

This year, GM Onischuk was the winner with 16/20 correct answers.

GM Meier, GM Perelshteyn and IM Krush tied for 2nd with 15 / 20 correct answers.

Here is the quiz. How many can you get correctly without looking up the answers?

SPICE Cup 2010 Quiz

1. Is this the 3rd, 4th, or 5th SPICE Cup?
A) 3rd B) 4th C) 5th

2. Who won the Women’s Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansysk?
A) China B) Ukraine C) Russia D) Other

3. November 2nd is the birthday of which Polgar sister?
A) Susan B) Sofia C) Judit

4. The 2012 Chess Olympiad will be held in:
A) Tromsø B) Istanbul C) Albena D) Elista

5. Yasser Seirawan was born in……?

6. Who was the World Champion in 1968?

7. Who won the 2009 U.S. Championship?

8. How many players representing Russia are there in the Top 10 of November FIDE (active) rating list?

9. Who is older Magnus Carlsen or Karjakin?

10. What year was the first Fischer – Spassky match held?

11. What real-life grandmaster’s life was the musical “Chess” based on?
A) Karpov B) Kasparov C) Korchnoi D) Spassky

12. In what state was Paul Morphy raised?
A) Louisiana B) Pennsylvania C) New York D) North Carolina

13. Who was the second youngest World Chess Champion?

14. Who broke Bobby Fischer’s long standing record to become the youngest GM (in 1991)?

15. Which year did Gary Kasparov lose to Deep Blue?

16. Which Israeli player won the 1996 World Junior?

17. Starting 1990, how many World Junior Championships were won by U.S. players?

18. Which famous actor said “I failed to make the chess team because of my height”?

19. Which World Champion said: “When you see a good move, look for a better one”?

20. Which famous person said: “Life is a kind of Chess, with struggle, competition, good and ill events”?


Here is the link to 50 pictures from the SPICE Cup Party.
Here is the link to 500 pictures from the second half of the SPICE Cup 2010.
Here is the link to over 430 pictures from the SPICE Cup 2010.
Here is the link to 120 pictures from the Texas Tech homecoming football game.
is the link to 178 pictures from the 2010 SPICE Cup Blitz Championship.

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