Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Google Da Vinci Code Quest # 16: Chess Challenge


Hello folks... welcome back to day 16 of the Google Da Vinci Code quests

Today's challenge is being called "The Chess Challenge"

The instructions are as follows
"Ian McKellen is Sir Leigh Teabing, a man whose every move has been in preparation for a Grail Quest.

Determine the only sequence of three moves that will lead to checkmate in the given chess scenario. Knowledge of The Da Vinci Code may help you, as may Google Web Search.

Question # 1: The Louvre's famous Pyramid was designed by:

The answer for this question can be found by a quick google search.

The answer is given in the paragraph description under the first search result.

You can also search for the answer at Wikipedia here.

Question # 2: What French king built the Louvre?

This is a tricky question. If we go to the Wikipedia entry of the Louvre here, we will find the whole history of which kings or emperors patronized the constuction and renovation of the Louvre.

The answer is the name of the first king who started the construction and not the one who ended up commissioning it.

Question # 3: Which of these people in history never set foot in Notre Dame?

Since it is not the university of Notre Dame I was stumped as there is no relevant google query for this. I had to jump to solving chess and got the right answer straight away as it provides one of the two options that will lead to a checkmate.

Hint: Since the location of the various chess pieces might vary on your screen, it doesn't matter explaining the chess moves. However the answer for this question: He was once upon a time the Bishop of Rome and head of the Roman Catholic Church

Good luck solving!!

If anyone has a google query for the last question, please post in the comments or email me

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16 Comments:

EOT Notification said...

You're quick, I just noticed the puzzle pop up.

Anonymous said...

1) I.M. Pei
2) Philip II
3) Pope Leo

Erin said...

good hint on the 3rd question being that there could only be one answer from your hint

Anonymous said...

Very easy today, a bit tricky on the 2nd one though

Sam said...

I thought the same about the third one.. could not google it anywhere

Anonymous said...

at what time does google make these challenges available ??

Anonymous said...

i think it is 1:30Eastern time

Anonymous said...

Some of the moves taken by Black for the correct answers are dumb in terms of the chess being played. That makes it very difficult to play this particular puzzle from the *chess* perspective as opposed to the "oh gee, another multiple choice trivia question" perspective...and that's where I think they really goofed in creating this particular puzzle challenge.

There are plenty of "no good option for Black" 3-move endgames in Chess...why didn't they just implement those...

johnnyyyyyyy said...

if u didn't find easily u can try all option in google search with question and it will be more easy to find the right one
i solved first 2 easily in 3rd i use choices like this "These People in History Never Set foot in notre dame Pope Leo IX" .. n in the bottom i found Pop leo is right one

Anonymous said...

For the last question I tested each person in wikipedia and found that 3 of them had mention of Notre Dame, so left 1. Took about 2 mins and I've never played chess, much easier than expected. Shows the power of google and wikipedia though.

Anonymous said...

agreed... i just solved the multiple choice questions.. i wish it was just chess though

Anonymous said...

the solution to my puzzle wasn't a genuine checkmate. it "looked" like checkmate, in that the king was in check and could not move anywhere, but the white bishop that had placed the king in check was vulnerable to capture by the black queen. this is the second time I've seen an error in the chess aspect of a puzzle; last time I was able to bring about checkmate with some incorrect responses. so it looks like you can't rely on your chess game to solve these puzzles.

Anonymous said...

the chess puzzles are far from good.

Second move should capture the knight but instead is a totally non related move.

i dont like these at all!

Allie said...

Todays Answers May 3
1)f
2)wuest
3) 7

johnnyyyyyyy said...

heh allie.. m also wondering for today post..
btw 2 is quest ...

Allie said...

yes, I misspelled the word here. Don’t you hate when that happens and you can't change it after........