- 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
- any of several weedy species of bromegrass, especially Bromus secalinus.
- one of the planks forming the roadway of a floating bridge.
Origin of chess3
Examples from the Web for chess
We thought this season it would be more fun to just start the chess game right away.‘The Good Wife’ Creators on the Premiere’s Big Cary Twist, Will’s Death, and More
September 22, 2014
One of his most entertaining books is about Chess Records, the legendary Blues record label.The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters
August 2, 2014
With Suzanne, Vee saw someone who could be a pawn in her chess game.‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Uzo Aduba on Her Journey From Track Phenom to Crazy Eyes
June 11, 2014
It was like having a chess match against your grandfather, while everyone else played Call of Duty for money.Ex- CIA Chief: Why We Keep Getting Putin Wrong
Eli Lake, Noah Shachtman, Christopher Dickey
March 2, 2014
Russian chess players use an expression known as mnogohodovka, which describes a problem requiring several moves to resolve.Putin’s Police Arrest Pussy Riot Again In Court Crackdown
February 25, 2014
I like to look at an affair of this sort as a chess problem, and to set myself to solve it.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
"She probably has a chess board always at her elbow," Sally suggested.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
A couple of hours afterwards I returned to the cottage for chess as usual.Chance
Come, come in, well take a Game at Chess before Dinner, if we can.The Works of Aphra Behn
I'd like you to give me a game at chess to-night, if you're not otherwise engaged.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
- 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
- US a less common name for rye-brome
- a floorboard of the deck of a pontoon bridge
Word Origin and History for chess
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]