Chess Word of the Week

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Chess Word of the Week

Post by Gavin Strachan » Tue Jul 06, 2010 2:01 pm

The chess word of this week is:
Zwischenzug

German for "intermediate move"

A move which comes before the expected move such as recapturing of a piece.

Example: Player A takes a piece and expects Player B to recapture. Player B does not recapture but instead plays an alternative move and recaptures on the next move.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwischenzug

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Re: Chess Word of the Week

Post by Gavin Strachan » Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:29 am

The chess word of this week is:
Zugzwang

sticking with the German theme and the letter Z.

German for "compulsion to move"

A situation where one player has to move but would prefer not to, thus the player is in a worse position than if he could pass.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zugzwang for examples (like many words pretty difficult to describe with diagrams!) and further reading.

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Re: Chess Word of the Week

Post by Geoff Chandler » Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:54 am

Staying with Z and the Germans.

Zoltan Ribli, a chess player who was born in Germany and...

(He was born in Hungary............Ed)

...Born in Hungary which is near Germany.

...er...that's it.

You can put in digarams.

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Black to move is in Zuggsw...Zoogzw...Zigzgs......Trouble

Go here for the free diagram hosting thingy.

http://www.chessimg.com/

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Re: Chess Word of the Week

Post by Gavin Strachan » Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:44 pm

cheers for the image thingy. Names are not allowed as it is "word of the week"! I am wondering how many I can get away with without resulting to pawn, bishop, etc. Zaitsev would be a good Z. The main reason for the lack of imagery is that I am doing this at work (one week to go at this joint).

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Re: Chess Word of the Week

Post by Joey Stewart » Sun Jul 18, 2010 12:08 am

What about Blunder - that is a word I am sure we could all relate to on this forum.
Lose one queen and it is a disaster, Lose 1000 queens and it is just a statistic.

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Re: Chess Word of the Week

Post by Gavin Strachan » Sat Jul 31, 2010 8:08 am

This weeks word is Skewer.

An attack on two pieces in the same line.

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Re: Chess Word of the Week

Post by Alexander Hardwick » Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:32 pm

Gavin Strachan wrote:This weeks word is Skewer.

An attack on two pieces in the same line.

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Re: Chess Word of the Week

Post by Gavin Strachan » Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:07 pm

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Re: Chess Word of the Week

Post by Gavin Strachan » Tue Aug 10, 2010 3:52 pm

This week's word is J'Doube.

Due to the rule in chess of touch move, if a player wishes to adjust a piece they must announce their intention to do so. This is most commonly by saying "J'Doube" (Adjust) before touching the piece that is to be adjusted.

If a player failed to say "J'Doube" then they would if possible have to move the piece they touched. A famous incidence of this occurred when the famous player S. Tarrasch playing white played: 1. e4 d5 2. exd qxd and Tarrasch then instead of playing Nc3 accidentally picked up the bishop next to it. In those days the rule was you had to move your king if you made an offending move and this forced Tarrasch to play Ke2. His opponent then spotted qe4 checkmate.

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Re: Chess Word of the Week

Post by Ian Thompson » Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:02 pm

Gavin Strachan wrote:This week's word is J'Doube.
Perhaps you should stick to English and German words. :)

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Re: Chess Word of the Week

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:07 am

Ian Thompson wrote:
Gavin Strachan wrote:This week's word is J'Doube.
Perhaps you should stick to English and German words. :)
There does seem to be an 'a' missing somewhere there!

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Re: Chess Word of the Week

Post by Gavin Strachan » Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:01 am

bo adjusta (like bo selecta?)

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Re: Chess Word of the Week

Post by Alex Holowczak » Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:21 am

Gavin Strachan wrote:bo adjusta (like bo selecta?)
I think he was suggesting "j'adoube", rather than "j'Doube".

French lesson: "to adjust" is the French verb "adouber". It takes the following form:
I adjust - j'adoube
You (s) adjust - tu adoube
He adjusts - il adoube
She adjusts - elle adoube
We adjust - nous adoubons
You (pl) adjust - vous adoubez
They adjust - ils/elles adoubent

At least, I assume it's a regular verb... But either way, that's why we say "j'adoube". If the verb was "jouer" (to play), or something starting with a consonant, then it would be je joue, but since adouber starts with a vowel, that apostrophe thing happens.

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Re: Chess Word of the Week

Post by Gavin Strachan » Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:32 am

No I was right. The apostrophe covers the a as well :oops:

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Re: Chess Word of the Week

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:38 am

Gavin Strachan wrote:No I was right. The apostrophe covers the a as well :oops:
How to conjugate adouber in full. Should you ever need it.

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