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Glossary of Chess Terms

The chess community uses a lot of slang and jargon that can make learning the game much harder. If you're confused about a word or phrase you've seen in an article, check our list of chess terms.

Algebraic Notation

Blitz

Blunder

Brilliancy

Candidate Master

Castle

Center

Check

Checkmate

Chess Clock

Combination

Counterplay

Descriptive Notation

Development

Draw

En Passant

En Prise

Endgame

The Exchange

Fianchetto

FIDE

FIDE Master

File

Fork

Gambit

Grandmaster

Initiative

International Master

Kingside

Major Pieces

Master

Material

Middlegame

Minor Pieces

Notation

Open Game

Opening

Pin

Queenside

Rank

Rapid Chess

Ratings

Resignation

Sacrifice

Stalemate

Strategy

Skewer

Tactics

Tempo

Time Control

Zugzwang

Zwischenzug

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