Definition of chess in English:


Syllabification: chess
Pronunciation: /CHes


A board game of strategic skill for two players, played on a checkered board. Each player begins the game with sixteen pieces that are moved and used to capture opposing pieces according to precise rules. The object is to put the opponent’s king under a direct attack from which escape is impossible (checkmate).
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  • This gives it a unique character, more akin to a board game such as chess than to a normal card game.
  • The newspaper is particularly useful for those players who want to make progress in chess.
  • The first rule of chess is that the board is to be positioned so that a white square is in the right-hand corner.


Middle English: from Old French esches, plural of eschec 'a check' (see check1).

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