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

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  • 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. 
  • Afterwards he taught me poker, and I beat him at three tough chess games. 
  • I found him busily studying a problem in chess. 
  • The annals of chivalry continually speak of the barons playing at these games, and especially at chess. 
  • The prisoners play football, tennis, cards and chess. 
  • We may then suppose that chess was a favourite evening amusement of the Celt. 

(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)