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A chess game

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Etymology 1

From Old French esches, plural of eschec < Vulgar Latin *scaccus < Arabic شاه (shah, king in chess) < Persian شاه (shah, king).

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chess

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chess (-)
  1. A two-player boardgame played with a board of eight rows of eight squares of alternating colours and 16 pieces for each player: eight pawns, two knights, two rooks, two bishops, a queen and a king; the aim is to get the opponent's king in a position on the board such that it cannot avoid being captured (the state known as checkmate).
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Etymology 2

Origin uncertain; perhaps linked to Etymology 1, above, from the sense of being arranged in rows or lines.

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chess

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chesses

chess (chesses)
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    • 2007, Michael Chabon, Gentlemen of the Road, Sceptre 2008, p. 59:
      Hobbled, loudly gourmandizing the dry chess grass, they were guarded by a pair of dismounted soldiers in long, dusty coats [...].

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