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A board game of strategic skill for two players, played on a chequered board on which each playing piece is moved according to precise rules. The object is to put the opponent's king under a direct attack from which escape is impossible (checkmate).
- ‘This would be more fun if I had the faintest idea how to play chess with any strategy.’
- ‘The newspaper is particularly useful for those players who want to make progress in chess.’
- ‘It is not very clear what impact the match and its result will have on chess.’
- ‘I'd seen him play people as if there were mere pawns in a cosmic game of chess.’
- ‘Between rounds, he breathes evenly, as though he has spent the past three minutes playing chess.’
- ‘I love to try to bring chess to larger audiences, and show that it's a fun game.’
- ‘I always considered the ultimate embarrassment in chess to be when you lose your queen to a pawn.’
- ‘In chess, however, it is almost always a great advantage to be next to move.’
- ‘You are good at strategy and probably enjoy games requiring mental skill, such as bridge and chess.’
- ‘He loves to play chess, often bringing his board with him on the bus, or staying up all night playing Eduardo.’
- ‘All I got from my father was the ability to play chess and think several moves ahead at all times.’
- ‘This gives it a unique character, more akin to a board game such as chess than to a normal card game.’
- ‘His childhood pastimes were playing chess, reading music, and playing the guitar.’
- ‘It will include wooden panelling and furniture, balance beam and games such as draughts and chess.’
- ‘Both were child prodigies in chess, quickly rising to their respective nations' top slots.’
- ‘I'm having a coffee and tackling a game of chess with my younger brother, Ronan.’
- ‘The first rule of chess is that the board is to be positioned so that a white square is in the right-hand corner.’
- ‘The origins of chess have been much discussed but remain obscure, since it developed over time.’
- ‘Imagine that you are sitting on a park bench playing chess with someone you don't know.’
- ‘His other interests outside mathematics included tennis, golf, chess and bridge.’
Middle English: from Old French esches, plural of eschec ‘a check’ (see check).
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