chess.com university prodigy program general placement exam .chess.com university prodigy program

Download Chess.com University Prodigy Program General Placement Exam .Chess.com University Prodigy Program

Post on 27-Aug-2018

212 views

Category:

Documents

0 download

Embed Size (px)

TRANSCRIPT

  • Chess.com University Prodigy Program General Placement Exam

    Kairav Joshi, President of Chess.com University

    The purpose of this exam is to determine the proper placement for students

    registered for Chess.com Universitys Prodigy Program. Performance on this exam is

    the key measure for determining which section (900, 1200, or 1500 ELO) we believe

    is best for students who do not already have real over-the-board ratings.

    There is only one entrance exam for all three sections. All students are to complete

    the same problems. With that said, performance requirements for students wanting

    to join the 1500 section are significantly higher than those wanting to join the 1200

    section. Those wanting to join the 900 section do not need to take this exam. Those

    who want to join the 1200+ section must take this exam unless if they already have a

    real over-the-board rating above 1200 which we recognize such as FIDE, USCF, CFC,

    etc. Similarly, those wanting to join the 1500+ section must take this exam and

    perform well unless if they already have a real 1500+ rating.

    There are two parts to this exam. Record your responses for both parts on the

    answer sheet provided on the next page. Also fill out the short form asking for basic

    student information. Save this PDF file with your responses included. Submit your

    responses to us by sending an email to kairavjoshi@chess.com with the completed

    PDF file attached.

    Use the following heading for the subject line in the email:

    Prodigy Program Placement Exam

  • Student Information

    NAME: ___________________________ EMAIL: _____________________________

    CHESS.COM USERNAME: ________________________________________________

    SECTION TESTING FOR: _________ OFFICIAL ELO RATING (if applicable): __________

    Answer Sheet

    #1: ____________ #2: ____________ #3: ____________ #4: ____________

    #5: ____________ #6: ____________ #7: ____________ #8: ____________

    #9: _____________________________ #10: ___________________________

    #11: ____________________________ #12: ___________________________

    #13: ____________________________ #14: ___________________________

    #15: ____________________________________________________________

    #16: ____________________________________________________________

    #17: ____________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________

    #18: ____________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________

    #19: ____________________________________________________________

    #20: ____________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________

  • Section 1

    There are 15 problems in this section.

    You are allowed to spend only 1 minute per problem.

    Problem 1: White to Move

    FEN: 1n6/N1pbrp1k/1p1p4/3P1p2/1PPBn3/P6P/5PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 31

    What is Whites best move?

  • Problem 2: Black to Move

    FEN: r1b2rk1/1p3pp1/p1np1b1p/q5P1/4PP1P/2N5/PPPQ4/2KR1B1R b - - 0 14

    What is Blacks best move?

    Problem 3: White to Move

    FEN: r1bqk1nr/p2nppb1/2p3p1/1p2P2p/7P/2N1BP2/PPPQ2P1/2KR1BNR w kq - 0 11

    What is Whites best move?

  • Problem 4: White to Move

    FEN: 3r1k2/p6Q/3r1p2/1p5p/3B3P/2P2P2/q1P2KP1/3R3R w - - 0 33

    What is Whites best move?

    Problem 5: White to Move

    FEN: 2kr1b1r/pppnpppp/1q3nb1/3P4/5BP1/2N1N2P/PPP2P2/R2QKB1R w KQ - 0 13

    What is Whites best move?

  • Problem 6: Black to Move

    FEN: rnbqkb1r/1p2pppp/p2p1n2/8/3NPB2/2N5/PPP2PPP/R2QKB1R b KQkq - 0 6

    What is Blacks best move?

    Problem 7: White to Move

    FEN: r1bqkb1r/pp1npppp/2p2n2/8/3PN3/8/PPP1QPPP/R1B1KBNR w KQkq - 0 6

    What is Whites best move?

  • Problem 8: Black to Move

    FEN: 3r1rk1/p4ppp/7q/2R1b3/P3P3/1P1b1RP1/3NN2P/4Q1K1 b - - 0 22

    What is Blacks best move?

    Problem 9: White to Move

    FEN: r1bqkb1r/pppp1ppp/2n2n2/4p3/2B1P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R w KQkq - 0 4

    Identify two good moves for White. Which move is your favorite?

  • Problem 10: Black to Move

    FEN: rnbqk2r/pp1p1ppp/4pn2/2b5/4P3/5N2/PPPB1PPP/RN1QKB1R b KQkq - 0 5

    Identify two great moves for Black.

    Problem 11: White to Move

    FEN: rnbqkbnr/pp1p1ppp/8/4p3/3pP3/5N2/PPP2PPP/RNBQKB1R w KQkq - 0 4

    Identify two good moves for White. Which move is your favorite?

  • Problem 12: White to Move

    FEN: rnbq1rk1/p1p2ppp/1p2pb2/8/3P4/5NP1/PPP2PBP/R1BQK2R w KQ - 0 9

    Identify two good moves for White. Which move is best?

    Problem 13: White to Move

    FEN: 6k1/8/6K1/8/5R2/8/8/8 w - - 0 1

    How quickly can White win? Provide a sample continuation.

  • Problem 14: White to Move

    FEN: 8/8/4k3/4pN2/3b4/5KR1/8/8 w - - 0 0

    How should White play here?

    Problem 15: White to Move

    FEN: 8/3k4/8/4K3/3P4/8/8/8 w - - 0 1

    What is Whites best move?

  • Section 2

    There are 5 problems in this section. This section is untimed. Think well!

    Problem 16: Black to Move

    FEN: 8/1k3ppp/6P1/1K3P1P/8/8/8/8 b - - 0 0

    Can Black save this position or is it lost? If Black can draw, identify Blacks best move.

    Problem 17: Black to Move

    FEN: 8/3k4/8/3KP3/8/8/8/8 b - - 0 1

    Black has 5 legal moves. Evaluate each move. Which moves lose for Black? Which moves draw for Black?

  • Problem 18: Black to Move

    FEN: Q2Rnk1b/4pr1p/p4qp1/8/3p4/6P1/P2P3P/4R2K b - - 0 28

    Does 1Qf3+ here make any sense for Black? Why or why not?

    Problem 19: White to Move

    FEN: 2r2k2/p3p3/3r1n2/1p2Q1Np/3B3P/2P2P2/q1P2KP1/3R3R w - - 0 29

    White is not far from winning this game. Lets solidify our position. What is the best way to defend c2?

  • Problem 20: White to Move

    FEN: r1bq1rk1/1p2ppbp/2n2np1/p2p4/P3P3/1NN5/1PP1BPPP/R1BQ1RK1 w - - 0 10

    Black just played d5. Was this move playable for Black or was it a mistake? Either way, analyze the

    position thoroughly and try to find the best moves for both sides several moves deep. Evaluate the

    resulting position. What is Whites best move here? Provide the best move and optimal continuation.

    You have now completed the Chess.com University Prodigy Program Placement Exam! Remember to

    submit your answers to kairavjoshi@chess.com by November 22nd, 2014 if you wish to start the

    program on its first day - November 29th, 2014.

    NAME: EMAIL: CHESSCOM USERNAME: SECTION TESTING FOR: OFFICIAL ELO RATING if applicable: 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7: 8: 9: 10: 11: 12: 13: 14: 15: 16: 17 1: 17 2: 18 1: 18 2: 19: 20 1: 20 2: 20 3: