Definition of queenside in English:



  • The half of the board on which both queens stand at the start of a game (the left-hand side for White, right for Black)

    ‘White was able to develop an early initiative on the queenside’
    as modifier ‘Black is menacing White's queenside pawns’
    • ‘White may also shift his play to the queenside; often black expands in that area and is open to a counterattack by the first player.’
    • ‘White has started his kingside advance, while Black has yet to create his own threats on the queenside.’
    • ‘Since the black pieces are cramped on the queenside, and the kingside is open, action should be taken there.’
    • ‘In the two games where this variation was tested, White was able to develop an early initiative on the queenside.’
    • ‘He is behind in development, can't castle kingside and his queenside is weakened.’
    • ‘White has a space advantage on the queenside and also a queenside majority of pawns.’
    • ‘I have a space advantage on the queenside and in the center, and now I decide to take the initiative on the kingside as well!’
    • ‘Black is opening a file on the queenside in order to activate his rook.’
    • ‘White will mop up the black queenside pawns and take the rook at his leisure.’
    • ‘However, this idea is quite risky if the White King is living on the queenside.’
    • ‘White has some targets on the queenside, but Black's counterplay turns out to be sufficient.’
    • ‘But now his centre pawns have been immobilized and white has taken the initiative on the queenside.’
    • ‘Now Black's Bishop looks more like a pawn and White has the queenside all to himself.’
    • ‘Black also maintains more options in the Classical lines for accelerated play on the queenside.’
    • ‘Topalov gave up a rook for bishop early in his game with Bacrot, and eventually got passed pawns on the queenside for the win.’
    • ‘The plan of creating a passed pawn on the queenside is not particularly dangerous.’
    • ‘Much of the King's Indian is based on White having faith in his queenside play over Black's kingside chances.’
    • ‘Now Black's pawn structure on the queenside becomes a second weakness and Black goes down the hill.’
    • ‘This, in turn, leaves him vulnerable in the centre and on the queenside.’
    • ‘Black tries a tricky one-pawn advance that manages to use up two more moves still without developing any of his queenside.’