J'adoube - definition of j'adoube by The Free Dictionary
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(Chess & Draughts) chess an expression of an intention to touch a piece in order to adjust its placement rather than to make a move
[literally: I adjust]
A French phrase meaning I adjust, used by a chess player who touches a piece only to adjust its position and not to make a move.
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Supposing a piece is badly positioned on a square, then you say "J'adoube
" (I adjust) before correcting its position.
34 Qc7+ Ke8 35 e7 Rd7 36 Qc8+ Kf7 37 exf8=Q+1-0 If a player wishes to adjust a piece without incurring a penalty, then he must say j'adoube
. Otherwise the touch and move rule applies.
Once, for example "without as much as 'j'adoube