Chess in Another Language

To grow in chess, a player might want to learn other languages so he (or she!) can study games and theories that may not be available in his (or her!) native tongue.


And to help with all the monoglot English players, here a list of common German words in chess.


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ANGRIFF [n. attack]

BERECHNEN [v. to calculate]

BRETT [n. board]

DAME [n. queen]

DOPPELBAUERN [n. doubled pawns]

DOPPELSCHACH [n. double check]

ENDSPIEL [n. the endgame]

GAMBIT [n. gambit]

KLEIN [adj. small]

KÖNIG [n. king]

MEISTER [n. champion]

MEISTERSCHAFT [n. championship]

PATZER [n. a low level player, a beginner]

ROCHIEREN [v. to castle]

SCHLAGEN [v. to capture]

SIMULTAN [n. a simul]

SPRINGER (+S) [n. German for Knight. The symbol “S” is used in studies and problems in place of “N” (for Knight).]

TURM [n. rook]

ZEIT [n. time]

ZEITNOT [n. time pressure]

ZWISCHENZUG [n. an “in-between move” which is unexpected and usually changes the evaluation of a combination or position – UK only.]

ZUGZWANG (+S) [n. the compulsion to move in chess where any move would result in loss of position, material, or game.]

ZWISCHENSCHACH (+S) [n. a ZWISCHENZUG that is a check. This word is very rare, so don’t worry if you can’t spell it or pronounce it.]


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