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Chess Terminology

Can you identify the following chess-related words?
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Last updated: June 24, 2013
First submittedJune 24, 2013
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Definition
Language
Answer
A king of Persia
Persian
shah
To attack the enemy King
from Persian
check
To end the game by making an unstoppable attack against the enemy King
from Persian
checkmate
A type of move involving both the King and the Rook
English
castling
A type of move in which a pawn is converted into some other piece
English
promotion
A type of move in which a pawn moving two squares is captured as though it moved only one
French
en passant
A draw resulting from the active player having no legal moves
English
stalemate
Direction in which Bishops move
English
diagonally
Direction in which Rooks move
English
orthogonally
To intentionally give up material to further an attack
English
sacrifice
To intentionally give up a pawn in the opening, in exchange for better position
from Italian
gambit
The placement of a Bishop on the long diagonal, in front of the Knight's initial position
Italian
fianchetto
Definition
Language
Answer
To attack two pieces simultaneously with one piece
English
fork
To attack a piece such that if it moved, a more valuable piece would be exposed
English
pin
To attack a piece such that when it moves, a less valuable piece will be exposed
English
skewer
An attack by one piece, created by moving a different piece
English
discovered attack
A draw which a player forces by making an endless series of attacks against the enemy King
English
perpetual check
A pawn which cannot be stopped by any enemy pawns
English
passed pawn
Spoken phrase used to indicate that the player is adjusting a piece, not moving it
French
j'adoube
To comment on a game before it has ended, in hearing of the players
Yiddish
kibitz
A situation in which a player's position will be worsened by any legal move
German
zugswang
The most popular Chess set design, named after 1843 Chess champion
English surname
Staunton
Original name of the Chess vairant which is now standard (hint: it strengthened a piece)
English
Mad Queen Chess
The Goddess of Chess
Latin
Caïssa
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level 32
Nov 7, 2013
I love chess and I still don't know some of these!
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level 41
Dec 7, 2013
why is heskey not accepted?
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level 76
Oct 5, 2017
I Googled it, and I have no idea what "heskey" is.
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level 60
Jan 30, 2015
Could queening or promoting being accepted for promotion?
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level 76
Oct 5, 2017
Not "queening"; no real chess player calls it that. A pawn doesn't automatically promote to a queen, though there is almost never a reason to promote to anything else. (Sometimes promoting to a knight is the best move, for its ability to deliver check over defending pieces)
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level 22
Jun 23, 2019
Several grandmasters call it queening lol
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level 62
Oct 15, 2015
You must accept other type-ins for orthogonally. That is just ridiculous. I'm sure everyone who took this quiz knew how a rook moves but couldn't think of the specific fancy word you wanted
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level 76
Oct 5, 2017
Nope, that's the only word that covers both horizontal and vertical. All chess players should have learned it in their first chess book.
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level 22
Jan 22, 2019
What if they didn't learn chess in English?
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level 76
Oct 5, 2017
Great quiz! I've never heard of "The Goddess of Chess" or "Caissa" before, though, so 23/24. You misspelled "variant" in the clue for Mad Queen Chess.
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level 49
Aug 7, 2018
Zugswang? I though Zugzwang is correct.