List of chess terms

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This page explains commonly used terms in chess in alphabetical order. Some of these have their own pages, like fork and pin. For a list of unorthodox chess pieces, see fairy chess piece; for a list of terms specific to chess problems, see chess problem terminology; for a list of chess related games, see chess variants.

A

Absolute pin

Active

Adjournment

Adjudication

Adjust or j'adoube

Advanced pawn

Alekhine's gun

Algebraic notation

Amateur

Analysis

Annotation

Announced mate

Antipositional

Anti-Sicilian

Arbiter

Armageddon

Artificial castling

Attack

Attraction

Automaton

B

B

Back rank

Back-rank mate

Back-rank weakness

Backward pawn

Bad bishop

Battery

BCF

BCM

BCO

Bind

Bishop

Bishops on opposite colors

Bishop pair

Bishop pawn

Black

Blindfold chess

Blitz chess

Blockade

Blunder

Board

Boden's Mate

Book draw

Book move

Book win

Break

Breakthrough

Brevity

Brilliancy

Brilliancy prize

Bronstein delay

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