August 31, 2016

Chess Crossword Contest

  • Grand Master Igor Smirnov, Chess Coach, Author and Publisher.
  • Today, I have some unexpected and amazing news. My wife, Alyona, has prepared a ‘chess surprise’ for you. :) This is a chess crossword! While solving it, you will reinforce your knowledge of chess terms, and hopefully will have fun along the way.

    Chess CrosswordTo make it more entertaining, we’ve decided to create a contest with this crossword puzzle – hence, the “RCA Crossword Contest” begins TODAY! :)


    Contest details


    • The contest will run from today (31 August) till Thursday, 8 September.
    • The LASTEST DATE for you to send in the answers (solving the crossword puzzle) will be 8 Sept.


    How to participate?


    You should download the following files to participate in the contest:


    • “Questions” (Word file) – this file contains the questions for the crossword puzzle: DOWNLOAD
    • “Crossword” (Excel file) – this file contains the blank crossword where you have to write the answers/words: DOWNLOAD
    • After solving the crossword (by writing your answers in the empty boxes in the “Crossword” Excel file), you should send the “Crossword” file to us at with the e-mail subject “RCA Crossword”.


    Crossword Puzzle
    Note: some of the boxes in the crossword will have two numbers (both horizontal and vertical). In that case, the first number’s answer should be horizontal and the next number’s answer should be vertical.


    For example, as seen in this image, a box has two numbers. Therefore, the answer to the first number, “1″, will be horizontal and the answer to “3″ will be vertical.




    We have created a FAQ section for this crossword contest. If you have any doubts, you’re very welcome to check the FAQ section here or contact our Support team here.


    How will the winners be chosen?


    The winners will be chosen on a “first come, first served” basis. The first 50 participants who send their answers to us will be the winners.
    Top 50Note: we can be a bit ‘flexible’ – a participant is allowed to make a maximum of two mistakes ONLY (i.e. two wrong words in the crossword). :) If there are more than two mistakes, you probably won’t have a chance to become a winner.




    And here comes the special part – prizes for the winners! Below are the prize details for the winners (the first 50 participants to solve the crossword correctly):


    • 1st place – an RCA paid course for FREE + a FREE premium video of your choice
    • 2nd and 3rd place – an RCA paid course for FREE
    • 4th to 10th place – 50 USD voucher on any product
    • 11th to 15th place – 45 USD voucher on any product
    • 16th to 20th place – 40 USD voucher on any product
    • 21st to 25th place – 35 USD voucher on any product
    • 26th to 30th place – 30 USD voucher on any product
    • 31st to 35th place – 25 USD voucher on any product
    • 36th to 50th place – 20 USD voucher on any product


    Note: I’ve planned to treat all participants nicely. After all, winning is not everything, but participation matters! So I will offer something cool to all participants at the end of the competition. Therefore, stay tuned! :)


    Will you be able to solve the whole crossword properly? Are you ready to accept our challenge? :) I wish you all the best!
    Igor Smirnov

    P.S. In the above picture, my wife and I look like Bollywood movie actors. At least, my Indian friends say so … I’m not so sure – maybe they just want to play a trick on a Grandmaster. :)
    • Lovro Glavina

      Hello! Thanks for creating this awesome event!
      I have a question. After we e-mail you the crossword, will we hear the result(which place did we take) only by the end of the event(8 September)? Or will we get to know which place did we take right after you read our e-mail?
      Thanks in advance.
      Best regards

      • RCA_moderator

        Hi Lovro,
        Thanks for your interest.
        We will let you know at the end of the event about the result and provide the appropriate prizes.
        We plan to offer something for all the participants even those who submit the right answer but there are not among the top 50.
        Enjoy doing the crossword puzzle.
        Prasaadh | Support Officer

    • ayush

      thanks igor this contest you are just great.

    • Arokiya Visaesh

      I’m not able to open both the “Questions” and the “Crossword” files. What shall I do? Any suggestions?

      • RCA_moderator

        I have contacted you via e-mail with the attachments (Question and Crossword). Those attachments should work.

        Prasaadh | Support Officer

    • Igor Smirnov

      Hi Ayush, Lovro and others,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the crossword. It’s not difficult but serve as a little exercise for your brain, and may help you remember chess terms better.

      Good luck in the contest!

      • ayush

        dear sir i had downloaded the pgn files but was not able to solve all of them .i had not taken part in contest.but i need one suggestion is it s good to learn from mesgen amanov grandmaster ??thanks in advance.

        • RCA_moderator

          Hi Ayush,
          I am not aware of this grandmaster. Please ask questions related to Remote Chess Academy. You will find useful information online about this person than here.

          Prasaadh | Support Officer

          • ayush

            okk sir thankyou very much.

    • Tushar

      Hi Igor!
      R u 4m ISKCON? It seems 4m d photo of u & ur wife.

      • RCA_moderator

        No, it was a photo they took when they came to India last year.

        Prasaadh | Support Officer

    • Lankan Wolves

      Dear Igor,
      I watched your videos about improving a skill.It takes about 3 weeks right?
      Can you make a timetable on practicing anti blunder check with 3 weeks like what to do? how many hours?
      I want a answer from the grandmaster not from any RCA crew
      thank you!

    • Lankan Wolves

      any news about results? I’m excited!

    • Fay Kelley

      Opps, missed this one … when will the next Chess Crossword be posted? Thanks !

      Oh, and BTW, great photo of you both!

      • RCA_moderator

        Hello Fay,
        Lot of people had fun doing this puzzle. It’s great that you enjoyed. We would love to do more competition like this apart from the crossword puzzle if you have any ideas. We would love to hear it.

        Prasaadh | Support Officer

    • Fay Kelley

      I finished mine even though it is after the deadline … so much fun. Looking forward to the next one!! Yeah!

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