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chess 1

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

Any of several species of brome, especially Bromus secalinus.

[Origin unknown.]

chess 3

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.]
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