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Gambit - accidental loss of a pawn in the openingDevelopment - deploying your pieces to squares on which they get kicked around and lose several tempiFirst board - weak player who is used as a sacrifical lamb to allow everyone else to have at least some chance of winningFlight square - escape square for your king, which later turns out to be coveredGood bishop - bishop which is rendered useless by the opponent's pawnsJ'adoube - A loophole in the touch-move ruleNovelty - a move which has been played before, but was discarded as poorOutpost - A fantastic-looking square for a knight, from which it serves no purpose and gets locked out of the gameSound sacrifice - Giving up material for an attack which succeeds because the opponent was unable to find the correct defence
These are off the top of my head, and it would be good to turn this into a collaborative work!
Attack - a short, sharp-pointed nail
Bad Bishop - another Catholic caught in a sex scandal
Baroque chess set - unrepaired chess set
Bishop pair - strange bed fellows - but don't ask, don't tell
Bishops of the opposite color - very strange couple
board - what spouses are at chess tournaments
Center Counter - small table in the middle of the room
Colle - opening for dog lovers
Danish Opening - opening for pastry lovers
Discovered check - one that fell behind the desk a long time ago
fool's mate - usually the wife or girlfriend of a chessplayer
Fried Liver Attack - a form of indefestion
Knight ending - dawn
self-help mate - a bigamist
statemate - a spouse who keeps repeating the same old bad jokes
woodpusher - lobbyist for the timber industry
Fianchetto - Pinnochio's last name
Zugzwang - German for "constipated" and used when it hurts to move
Lol, excellent billwall. I especially like bad bishop and fool's mate.
To Madhacker and Billwall.. You made me smile with your chess terminologies and their definitions. I wish we have a lot of chessplayers like your kind. Intelligence with sense of humor.
I am a Filipino but now living in Canada. I am a little bit sad that Canadians are not so keen with Chess. Hockey and Football are their favorites. With their everchanging extreme weather, I don't blame them though. Thank you to both of you and may your tribe increase.
Open file - The location of a very bad bishop.
Or the location of your opponent's doubled rooks
Passed pawn - The videos you click past until you find one you like.
Forced mate, smothered mate - I hate to think what these are
A pawn chain which is posted near on the promotion.
A pawn who thought that he must open a pawn shop
Sacrifice - A euphemism, prevalent among masters, for having hung a piece.
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