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ADJOURN (ED, ING, MENT, MENTS) [To pause a game due to lack of time. It will be resumed at a later time.] 


ADJUDICATE (D, S) [A judgment made by an impartial person to determine the result of a game]


ADJUDICATING


ADJUDICATION (S)


ADVANCE (D, S)


ADVANTAGE (S)


ALBINO (S) [A term referring to specific white pawn moves in a problem or study] ALGEBRAIC [Most popular chess notation for recording moves]


ARISTOCRAT (S) [A study or problem which has no pawns in the initial position]


ATTACK (ED, ING, S)

AUTOMATON (S) [A mechanical device that appeared to make moves in a game by itself during the 18th and 19th centuries but were controlled by a human player concealed inside the machine. The most famous automaton was the Turk.]


BERLIN (S) [A solid defence in the Ruy Lopez]


BIND (S)


BIRD [An opening named after 19th English master. The opening move is 1.f4]


BISHOP (S)


BLACK (S)


BLINDFOLD (S)


BLITZ (ED, ERS, ERS, ES, ING, INGS)


BOARD (S)


BOOK [A position or series of moves that is so well known it can be found in books]


BUGHOUSE (S) [See: SIAMESE]


CAISSA [The goddess of chess]


CAPTURE (D, S)


CASTLE (D, S)


CASTLING


CENTER [The squares d4, d5, e4, e5]


CHECK (S)


CHESSBOARD (S)


CHESSMAN


CHESSMEN


CLOCK (S)


COOK (ED, S) [To find another solution to a problem or study]


CORNER (S)


CORRESPONDENCE [A game played through the mail or email]


COUNTERPLAY


DEFENCE (S)


DEFEND (ER, ERS, S)


DEFENSE (ED, S)


 DESCRIPTIVE  [An old fashioned notation used in English speaking countries until the 1980s]


DEVELOP (MENT, S)


DIAGONAL (LY, S)


DOUBLE (D) [Two pawns of the same color on the same file - see also TRIPLE]


DRAGON (S) [A SICILIAN characterized by a FIANCHETTOED bishop on g7]


DRAW (ABLE, ING, ISH, N, S) [A tied game]


DUTCH


 ECO  [Short for Encyclopedia of Chess Openings]


ENDGAME (S)


ENDING (S)


ENGLISH [The opening that begins with 1.c4 and does not transpose into another opening]


ENVELOP (S) [When a game is adjourned one of the players would write down his next move on a piece of paper, usually the SCORESHEET, and then places the paper in an envelope for safekeeping with tournament director]


EXCELSIOR (S) [A pawn that promotes in a problem]


EXCHANGE (D, S)


EXCHANGING


EXPERT (S) [A title just below a MASTER]

FAN [An acronym for Figurine Algebraic Notation]


FEN [Short for Forsyth–Edwards Notation]


FIANCHETTO (ED, ING, S) [To develop a bishop on a long diagonal (b2 or g2 for White; b7 or g7 for Black) and usually protected by three pawns, two on either side and one directly in front]


FIDE [International organization of chess, founded in Paris in 1924]


FILE (S)


FINE [Famous US player from the 1940’s. Best known work was Basic Chess Endings, often referred to as BCE.]


FISCHER [An eccentric American World Champion, 1972-5]


FLANK (S)


FORK (ED, ING, S)


FRENCH


FROM [19th century English master]


GAMBIT (S)


GAME (S)


GM [Short for GRANDMASTER ]


GRANDMASTER (S)


HOLE (S) [A weak square]


IM [Short for International Master – a title just below GM]


INDIAN (S) [Any number of openings occurring after 1.d4 Nf6]


INTERZONAL


ISOLATE (D)


KEY (S) [Correct first move in a problem]


KIBITZ (ED, ER, ES, ING) [Illegal advice given from someone who is not a player in the game].]


KING (S, SIDE, SIDES)


KNIGHT (S)


KRIEGSPIEL [A variation using 1 referee, 2 players, and 3 boards]


MATCH (ES) [A series of games between two players for a championship, a prize, or bragging rights]


MASTER (S)


MATE (D, S) [Short for Checkmate]


MATING [Short for Checkmating]


MINIATURE (S) [(1) A game less than 25 moves long; (2) A problem with less than 7 pieces.]


MODERN [An opening]


NORM (S) [Achieving a score a titled player would be expected to get in a tournament]


NOTATION (S)


ODDS [Removing pieces or pawns prior to game from the stronger player’s side to make the game more equal.]


OLYMPIAD (S) [Held every two years]


OPENING (S) [A series of moves by both sides from the initial position]]


OPPOSITION (S)
5 Boards

The pieces at the beginning of a game


PAIRING (S)


PATZER (S)


PAWN (S)


PERPETUAL (S) [Repeating a position on the board. Just before, or at, the third occurrence, of a position, the game can be declared as a draw.]


PIECE (S) PIN (NED, NING, S)


PLAYER (S)


PLY


POINT (S)


POLISH [The opening move, 1.b4]


POSITION (AL, S) [The arrangement of pieces and pawns on the board]


POSTAL [Old term for correspondence chess]


PROBLEM (S)


PROMOTING


PROMOTION (S)


PROPHYLAXIS [A technique of preventing a move, or series of moves, designed  to prevent an opponent from developing his pieces from ideal squares or otherwise improving his position.]


QUAD (S) [A four player tournament]


QUEEN (ED, ING, S, SIDE, SIDES)


RANK (S) RATING (S)


RATING (S) [A numerical estimation of a player’s strength]


RUY LOPEZ [A common opening that follows 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5]


RESIGN (ATION, ED, ING, S) [To give up a game]


ROOK (S)


SACRIFICE (D, S) [Giving up a pawn, piece, or exchange, in the hope of either obtaining a tactical or positional advantage or a drawish position. See also GAMBIT]


SACRIFICING


SCOREPAD (S) [A collection of bound SCORESHEETS]


SCORESHEET (S) [A piece of paper especially made to record moves in a game. See also SCOREPAD]


SECOND (S) [A person who helps and supports a player in preparation and analysis before and during  a tournament or match]


SET (S)


SHORT [A British GM who played for the World Championship]


SIAMESE [A variation with two boards, four players, and general mayhem]


SICILIAN (S) [An popular opening that occurs after the moves 1.e4 c5]


SIMUL [An exhibition where a strong player plays more than one person at a time]


SKEWER (ED, ING, S)


SLAV [An opening characterized by 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6]


SOZIN (S) [USSR Grandmaster]


STALEMATE (D, S)


STALEMATING


STEIN (S) [USSR Grandmaster]


STRATEGIES


STRATEGY


STUDY (S) [An analysis of an actual or composed endgame]


SWISS (ES) [A type of tournament]


TABIYA (S) [A common position where study or play can commence]


TACTIC (AL, S)


TD [Short for Tournament Director]


TEMPI [Pl. of TEMPO]


TEMPO [Unit of time associated with a move, i.e., one move equals one tempo.]


THEMATIC (S) [A tournament where all the opening moves are set]


TOURNAMENT (S)


TRANSPOSITION (AL, S) [A sequence of move that changes from a recognizable position into another recognizable position. Most common in the opening stages of the game.]


TRIPLED [Three pawns of the same color on a single file]


UNDERPROMOTION (S) [Promoting a pawn to Rook, Bishop or Knight to the same color of the promoting pawn]


UNRATED


WALLBOARD (S)


WHITE (S)


WING (S)


WINDMILL (S) [A series of checks, alternating between a protected checking piece and a discovered check by another piece, ending with a material gain or mate.]


ZWISCHENZUG [The in-between move]


ZUGZWANG (S) [The compulsion to move in chess. Where any move would result in loss of position, material, or game.]

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