middle game

noun Chess.

the stage between the opening and the end game, characterized by complicated moves by both opponents with pieces at full strength.



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Origin of middle game

First recorded in 1890–95
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Example sentences from the Web for middle game

  • Having all this clear in mind we will now revert to the openings and middle-game.

    Chess Fundamentals|Jos Ral Capablanca
  • Very often, however, in the middle-game attacks are made against a position or against pieces, or even Pawns.

    Chess Fundamentals|Jos Ral Capablanca
  • This principle of the middle-game can sometimes be applied in the endings in somewhat similar manner.

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British Dictionary definitions for middle game

middle game


chess the central phase between the opening and the endgame
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