chess·​board | \ ˈches-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce chessboard (audio) \

Definition of chessboard

: a checkerboard used in the game of chess

Examples of chessboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet behind the jokes is the very serious fear of an all-out war breaking out between Washington and Tehran, with Iraq as its chessboard, and Iraqis — yet again — its pawns, if not its casualties. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "For Iraqis, an unwanted conflict threatens their country once more," 8 Jan. 2020 Soleimani projected an image as master of the Middle Eastern chessboard, posting selfies from battlefields across the region. John Walcott, Time, "Iran Has Vowed Revenge Against the U.S. for Killing Qasem Soleimani. Here's What May Happen Next," 4 Jan. 2020 The effect sets up a chessboard pattern of electrons spinning upward and downward. Quanta Magazine, "Decoding the Secrets of Superconductivity," 30 Apr. 2014 Russia, now seemingly rising as the new queen on the Middle East's fractured chessboard. Becky Anderson And Jessie Gretener, CNN, "Russia's rise to queen on the Middle East's fractured chessboard," 16 Oct. 2019 The streets and open spaces here have become a fatal chessboard of turf wars amongst the city’s notorious gangs. Fox News, "South African army descends on Cape Town to combat spiraling gang warfare," 13 July 2019 Shakira Luster stares at the chessboard, picks up her pawn and moves it precisely two spaces forward. Marie Fazio,, "Chess and cheeseburgers: Grade school students test themselves against the masters at a South Side McDonald’s," 4 Oct. 2019 Across the chessboard are janjaweed and every other sort of poacher who might test the boundaries of Zakouma. David Quammen, National Geographic, "To save wildlife, African governments turn to private management," 12 Nov. 2019 Federal prosecutors have glided across Illinois’ political chessboard for almost a year, picking off pawns, knights and even a king with speed and precision. Kristen Mcqueary,, "Column: With FBI corruption probe in high gear, how nervous are elected officials in Illinois?," 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of chessboard

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jan 2020

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“Chessboard.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chessboard

: a board used in chess that has 64 squares in two colors

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