kriegspiel

[ kreeg-speel, -shpeel, kreek- ]
/ ˈkrigˌspil, -ˌʃpil, ˈkrik- /

noun

(sometimes initial capital letter) a game using small figures and counters that represent troops, ships, etc., played on a map or miniature battlefield, developed for teaching military tactics to officers.
a form of chess in which both players see only their own pieces on a board in front of them and must remember the opponent's moves as told to them by a referee who maintains a third board on which the play of both players is shown.

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Origin of kriegspiel

1805–15; < German Kriegsspiel, equivalent to Krieg(e)s, genitive of Krieg war + Spiel game
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kriegspiel

/ (ˈkriːɡˌspiːl) /

noun

(sometimes capital) a form of war game in which symbols representing military formations are moved about on maps
a variation of chess in which each player has his own board and men and does not see his opponent's board and men. The moves are regulated by an umpire on a third board out of sight of both players

Word Origin for kriegspiel

C19: from German Kriegsspiel war game
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