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Colorful chess terms


  • 22 months ago · Quote · #1

    fburton

    Apologies if this has been asked before, but I am starting to compile a list of more or less obscure but memorable words and phrases used to describe positions and tactics that occur in chess games.

    Here are a few:

    "pigs on the seventh" - two rooks on the 7th rank, so-called because of their potential greedy gobbling of material there

    "knight pirouette" - Nf3-d2-c4 in the Benoni

    "poisoned pawn"

    "octopus knight" - in Karpov vs Kasparov, WC match 16th game, Moscow 1985

    "the fork trick" - well known trap in the opening, in which a knight is sacrificed for a centre pawn allowing a fork of two pieces (knight and bishop) if the opponent retakes with his knight

    "luft"

    What others am I missing? Lots, I hope!


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