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chess 1

 (chĕs)
n.
A board game for two players, each beginning with 16 pieces of six kinds that are moved according to individual rules, with the objective of checkmating the opposing king.

[Middle English ches, short for Old French esches, pl. of eschec, check in chess; see check.]

chess 2

 (chĕs)
n.
Any of several species of brome, especially Bromus secalinus.

[Origin unknown.]

chess 3

 (chĕs)
n. pl. chess or chess·es
One of the floorboards of a pontoon bridge.

[Middle English ches, tier, perhaps from Old French chasse, frame, from Latin capsa, box.]

chess

(tʃɛs)
n
(Chess & Draughts) a game of skill for two players using a chessboard on which chessmen are moved. Initially each player has one king, one queen, two rooks, two bishops, two knights, and eight pawns, which have different types of moves according to kind. The object is to checkmate the opponent's king
[C13: from Old French esches, plural of eschec check (at chess); see check]

chess

(tʃɛs)
n
(Plants) US a less common name for rye-brome
[C18: of unknown origin]

chess

(tʃɛs)
n, pl chess or chesses
(Civil Engineering) a floorboard of the deck of a pontoon bridge
[C15 (in the sense: layer, tier): from Old French chasse frame, from Latin capsa box]

chess

(tʃɛs)

n.
a game played on a chessboard by two people who maneuver 16 pieces each according to rules governing movement of the six kinds of pieces (pawn, rook, knight, bishop, queen, king), the object being to bring the opponent's king into checkmate.
[1150–1200; Middle English < Old French esches, pl. of eschec check]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chess - weedy annual native to Europe but widely distributed as a weed especially in wheatchess - weedy annual native to Europe but widely distributed as a weed especially in wheat
brome, bromegrass - any of various woodland and meadow grasses of the genus Bromus; native to temperate regions
2.chess - a board game for two players who move their 16 pieces according to specific ruleschess - a board game for two players who move their 16 pieces according to specific rules; the object is to checkmate the opponent's king
chess move - the act of moving a chess piece
en passant - (chess) a chess pawn that is moved two squares can be captured by an opponent's pawn commanding the square that was passed
exchange - (chess) the capture by both players (usually on consecutive moves) of pieces of equal value; "the endgame began after the exchange of queens"
exchange - (chess) gaining (or losing) a rook in return for a knight or bishop; "black lost the exchange"
check - (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king
chess opening, opening - a recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of chess; "he memorized all the important chess openings"
counterplay, counterattack - (chess) an attack that is intended to counter the opponent's advantage in another part of the board
board game - a game played on a specially designed board
shogi - a form of chess played on a board of 81 squares; each player has 20 pieces
bishop - (chess) a piece that can be moved diagonally over unoccupied squares of the same color
black - (board games) the darker pieces
rook, castle - (chess) the piece that can move any number of unoccupied squares in a direction parallel to the sides of the chessboard
checker board, checkerboard - a board having 64 squares of two alternating colors
king - (chess) the weakest but the most important piece
knight, horse - a chessman shaped to resemble the head of a horse; can move two squares horizontally and one vertically (or vice versa)
pawn - (chess) the least powerful piece; moves only forward and captures only to the side; it can be promoted to a more powerful piece if it reaches the 8th rank
queen - (chess) the most powerful piece
white - (board games) the lighter pieces
development - a state in which things are improving; the result of developing (as in the early part of a game of chess); "after he saw the latest development he changed his mind and became a supporter"; "in chess your should take care of your development before moving your queen"
develop - move into a strategically more advantageous position; "develop the rook"
develop - move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous positions; "Spassky developed quickly"
stalemate - subject to a stalemate
castle - move the king two squares toward a rook and in the same move the rook to the square next past the king
open - make the opening move; "Kasparov opened with a standard opening"
promote - change a pawn for a better piece by advancing it to the eighth row, or change a checker piece for a more valuable piece by moving it to the row closest to your opponent
checkmate, mate - place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game; "Kasparov checkmated his opponent after only a few moves"
check - place into check; "He checked my kings"
fork - place under attack with one's own pieces, of two enemy pieces
pin - immobilize a piece
queen - become a queen; "her pawn queened"

chess

Chess

Chess piece 
Abbreviation
BishopB
KingK
King's bishopKB
King's knightKN
King's rookKR
KnightN
PawnP
QueenQ
Queen's bishopQB
Queen's knightQN
Queen's rook, QR
Translations
شِطْرَنْـجلُعْبَةُ الشطرنج
шах
escacs
šachy
skak
ŝako
male
šakkishakki
échecsjeu d’échecséchec
šah
sakk
catur
skák
チェス
체스
šachmatai
šahs
šachšachy
šah
schack
หมากรุก
cờ

chess

[tʃes]
A. Najedrez m
B. CPD chess player Njugador(a) m/f de ajedrez, ajedrecista mf
chess set N(juego m de) ajedrez m
chess tournament Ntorneo m de ajedrez

chess

[ˈtʃɛs] néchecs mpl
to play chess → jouer aux échecs

chess

nSchach(spiel) nt

chess

:
chessboard
nSchachbrett nt
chessman, chesspiece
nSchachfigur f
chess piece
nSchachfigur f
chess set
nSchachspiel nt

chess

[tʃɛs] nscacchi mpl

chess

(tʃes) noun
a game for two played with thirty-two (usually black and white) pieces (ˈchessmen) on a board (ˈchessboard) with sixty-four (usually black and white) squares.

chess

شِطْرَنْـج šachy skak Schachspiel σκάκι ajedrez šakki échecs šah scacchi チェス 체스 schaakspel sjakk szachy xadrez шахматы schack หมากรุก satranç cờ 国际象棋
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cried Laurie, who was playing chess in a corner with Jo.
She felt like a chess player who, by the clever handling of his pieces, sees the game taking the course intended.
Some of them were sipping wine, others were playing cards, others chess, other groups were chatting together, and many were smoking cigarettes while they waited for the coming duels.
On the wall behind it was hanging the same ragged Flemish tapestry where a faded king and queen were playing chess in a garden, while a company of hawkers rode by, carrying hooded birds on their gauntleted wrists.
It has given us opportunity to cry `check'in some ways in this chess game, which we play for the stake of human souls.
Afterwards he taught me poker, and I beat him at three tough chess games.
But man is a frivolous and incongruous creature, and perhaps, like a chess player, loves the process of the game, not the end of it.
It was not uncommon for Richelieu and Louis XIII to dispute over their evening game of chess upon the merits of their servants.
Five minutes afterward the officer entered and the duke seemed to be immersed in the sublime combinations of chess.
Irwine would not have been in the dining-room playing at chess with his mother, and he loves both his mother and chess quite well enough to pass some cloudy hours very easily by their help.
I am not now writing a treatise, but simply prefacing a somewhat peculiar narrative by observations very much at random; I will, therefore, take occasion to assert that the higher powers of the reflective intellect are more decidedly and more usefully tasked by the unostentatious game of draughts than by a the elaborate frivolity of chess.
One of this nation of mighty conjurors created a man out of brass and wood, and leather, and endowed him with such ingenuity that he would have beaten at chess, all the race of mankind with the exception of the great Caliph, Haroun Alraschid.