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10 Undeniable Signs You’re a Chess Player E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

20 signs you're a chess playerWith more than 700 million people in the world playing chess. The chess players come in different forms, ages and strengths.  

But some of the things 'come standard' for all chess players.

Here are the 20 undeniable signs that you're a chess player!

1. Your 'heroes' are Fischer, Kasparov, Capablanca or the likes.


2. When you see 'L-shaped', you think of the 'Knight'.

3. When you see chess, anywhere, you get excited.

4. When you hear words 'bishop' or 'pawn' you always think chess.


5. You can name top 10 Grandmasteres from FIDE ratings list in your sleep.

6.  After losing a chess game, you cannot fall asleep sometimes.

7. You dream of becoming a GM, someday.

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8. You don't understand how is that someone doesn't know how a Rook moves.

9. When you see an imprinted chess position, you immediately start solving it.

chess position

10. When you see a chess board image, you automatically check the correctness of King and Queen placement as well as the board orientation.

11. When you have 10 minutes to spare, you think of playing a blitz game.

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12. You are extremely competitive over the board and lose means end of the world.

13. Winning a good game of chess can make your day... or a week.

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14. You know how to appreciate a beautiful Queen sac with a mate in 3 coming.

15. You think Houdini is a chess engine, not a magician.


16. You know what words like 'en-passant' and 'castling' mean.

17. You know the list of the World Champions better than the presidents.

18. When choosing between Android and iOS you think in terms of who has the best chess apps.

19. You can name at least 5 favorite chess websites you visit often.

20. You know what '2800' rating means.


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 08:49


0 #15 Celso 2015-07-15 07:12
#18: iOS, by far.
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0 #14 Master 2015-07-02 03:37
All :lol:

Just 9 when I have time sure I'll try to solve it ;-)
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0 #13 Yury 2014-07-29 00:11
Quoting Gedas:
Quoting Yury:
Quoting Alain:
true.I have 11 out of 15

It's actually 20 of them... ;-)

And it should be only 10. According to the name of the arcticle ;)

Good catch, I will change the title ;-)
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+1 #12 Gedas 2014-07-25 09:46
Quoting Yury:
Quoting Alain:
true.I have 11 out of 15

It's actually 20 of them... ;-)

And it should be only 10. According to the name of the arcticle ;)
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0 #11 rolly esguerra 2014-06-18 17:05
i love this game since im here in kuwait 2007
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+4 #10 Alfredo 2014-05-17 10:42
100% accurate...
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+2 #9 mightyJUNJUN 2014-05-02 19:54
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+7 #8 thepncstyle 2014-05-02 16:03
Just under the 11th sign-sentence, in the picture with the chessboard and the pieces, the white king and queen are placed in a wrong way!

Good job, I really enjoyed the 10 or 20 signs (especially the 10th) :D
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+5 #7 facebook page 2014-05-01 06:36
Excellent blog you have got here.. It's difficult to find
high-quality writing like yours these days. I seriously appreciate people like
you! Take care!!
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+3 #6 Vladamir Gauss 2014-05-01 05:03
Quoting Yury:
Quoting Alain:
true.I have 11 out of 15

It's actually 20 of them... ;-)

There are three kinds of mathematicians
Ones who know how to count and ones who dont.
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