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chess1

[ches] /tʃɛs/
noun
1.
a game played on a chessboard by two people who maneuver sixteen pieces each according to rules governing movement of the six kinds of pieces (pawn, rook, knight, bishop, queen, king), the object being to bring the opponent's king into checkmate.
Origin of chess1
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English < Old French esches, plural of eschec check1

chess2

[ches] /tʃɛs/
noun, plural chesses.
1.
any of several weedy species of bromegrass, especially Bromus secalinus .

chess3

[ches] /tʃɛs/
noun, plural chess, chesses.
1.
one of the planks forming the roadway of a floating bridge.
Origin
1425-75; late Middle English ches tier, layer < ?
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Examples from the Web for chess
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  • In a big, new, gilded room sailors and sergeants played checkers and more serious Venetians worked out dismal problems in chess.

    Nights Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • A couple of hours afterwards I returned to the cottage for chess as usual.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • Then would be the moment to set your knight on the chess board.

    The Missourian Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • Come, come in, well take a Game at chess before Dinner, if we can.

  • chess, looked upon in this connection, wears a mantle of romance; there is a spell upon it of that departed glory!

British Dictionary definitions for chess

chess1

/tʃɛs/
noun
1.
a game of skill for two players using a chessboard on which chessmen are moved. Initially each player has one king, one queen, two rooks, two bishops, two knights, and eight pawns, which have different types of moves according to kind. The object is to checkmate the opponent's king
Word Origin
C13: from Old French esches, plural of eschec check (at chess); see check

chess2

/tʃɛs/
noun
1.
(US) a less common name for rye-brome
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin

chess3

/tʃɛs/
noun (pl) chess, chesses
1.
a floorboard of the deck of a pontoon bridge
Word Origin
C15 (in the sense: layer, tier): from Old French chasse frame, from Latin capsa box
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Word Origin and History for chess
n.

13c., from Old French esches "chessmen," plural of eschec "game of chess, chessboard; checkmate" (see check (n.)), from the key move of the game. Modern French still distinguishes échec "check, blow, rebuff, defeat," from plural échecs "chess."

The original word for "chess" is Sanskrit chaturanga "four members of an army" -- elephants, horses, chariots, foot soldiers. This is preserved in Spanish ajedrez, from Arabic (al) shat-ranj, from Persian chatrang, from the Sanskrit word.

The chess pieces are the block alphabet which shapes thoughts; and these thoughts, although making a visual design on the chessboard, express their beauty abstractly, like a poem. [Marcel Duchamp, address to New York State Chess Association, Aug. 30, 1952]

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chess in Technology
games
A two-player game with perfect information.
Usenet newsgroup: news:rec.games.chess.
See also Internet Chess Server.
(1995-03-25)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Related Abbreviations for chess

CHESS

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