Wednesday, 11 May 2016

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 11-5-2016: One Night In New York

A Big Chess Computer
Chess pieces

Right … I’m officially ill … having just phoned into work, with a poorly set of guts.

And … ?

I’ve a doctor’s appointment booked up for the 7th June, AND some blood tests booked up for next week.

So I can at least get some sort of treatment.

 This is getting stupid!

But let’s move on, shall we?

It’s a Wednesday: which means it’s time for the Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser.

Here’s this week’s Chess themed questions, covered by the Creative Commons License* …
Q1) Gary Kasparov played the last of a series of Chess games on 11th May.   Of which year of the 1990s: 1995, 1997 or 1999?
Q2) Which game was it: the fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth?
Q3) What was the name of the computer: Deep Thought, Deep Throat or Deep Blue?
Q4) Who built the computer: NEC, IBM or SGI?
Q5) The type of software on the computer is what’s called artificial … what?
Q6) This game was the last in the second Kasparov vs the machine series.   The first was in which year: 1994, 1996 or 1998?
Q7) Who won the first series: Kasparov or the Machine?
Q8) More to the point, who won this second series: Kasparov or the Machine?
Q9) The most recent World Chess Computer Championship was held in Leiden, in 2015.   And won by a computer called what what: James, Jimmy or Jonny?
Q10) Finally … 2015 was the year of the most recent computer vs human match, at a tournament-level board game: Google’s AlphaGo, playing against Lee Sedol.   What game were they playing: Chess, Shogi or Go?
Here’s last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) 4th May, 1675, saw the start of construction of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.   By which King … ?
Q2) In which English city is Greenwich?
Q3) The Observatory is the site of the Prime Meridian.   The meridian is the navigation baseline for what: longitude or latitude … ?
Q4) It’s ALSO used as the basis for time in many parts of the world: when it’s known as GMT.   What does GMT stand for … ?
Q5) Who was the first Astronomer Royal … ?
Q6) Who’s the current Astronomer Royal … ?
Q7) At what time — GMT — does the famous Greenwich Observatory Time Ball drop … ?
Q8) At the time of publication, Britain is in what: GMT or BST?
Q9) The Observatory’s Museum house the world’s first Marine Clock: used to keep track of time at sea.   The ‘H4’ was built by whom: John Harrison, William Harrison or Frederick Harrison?
Q10) Finally … the Observatory moved to Herstmonceux Castle, in 1953.   The castle are where: East Sussex, West Sussex or Kent?
A1) Charles 2nd.
A2) London.
A3) Longitude.
A4) Green Mean Time.
A5) John Flamsteed.
A6) Martin Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow.
A7) 1 PM.   (Or 13:00, if you want to be like that.)
A8) BST.
A9) John Harrison.
A10) East Sussex.
Have a good day.   At least, a better one than my innards.

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