One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
predicative (of a piece or pawn) in a position to be taken.as complement ‘I had her knight en prise’
- ‘But I do it anyway, because when I look methodically at all the squares attacked beyond the fourth rank, sometimes I see something actually useful, like a back rank mate or a queen en prise.’
- ‘For example, if Player A leaves a queen en prise, the opponent will quickly grab it and wreck A's game.’
- ‘Instead of capturing a Rook, Black puts a Bishop en prise, with check, on an unguarded square.’
Early 19th century: French.
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