Meaning of “chess” in the English Dictionary

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"chess" in British English

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chessnoun [ U ]

uk /tʃes/ us /tʃes/

A2 a game played by two people on a square board, in which each player has 16 pieces that can be moved on the board in different ways

Examples

  • I'm not conversant with the rules of chess.
  • She's quite a hotshot at chess.
  • In chess, the pieces can only move in certain directions.
  • If you want to get anywhere in chess, you have to study the various openings.
  • The Russian chess team have routed all the rest.

Examples from literature

  • Football is a game – but chess, video games, and hide and seek are games, too, each with its own rules. 
  • It's fun to play chess against a computer. 
  • One brain scientist said that, although we can make a computer that can beat world champions at chess, we still can’t make a robot that can move nearly as well as us. 
  • There are chess competitions and chess stars. 

(Definition of “chess” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"chess" in American English

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chessnoun [ U ]

us /tʃes/

a game played by two people on a square board, in which each player has 16 pieces that can be moved on the board in different ways

(Definition of “chess” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)