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

Definition of chessboard

: a checkerboard used in the game of chess

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Recent Examples on the Web Manning, the quarterback whose meticulous attention to detail helped turn the 21st-century gridiron into a chessboard on turf, was awarded his spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday in his first year of eligibility. Eddie Pells, Star Tribune, "Game changers: Manning, Woodson, Megatron headed to Hall," 6 Feb. 2021 Either way, the bargaining chessboard for finance appears to favor Brussels at the moment. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "London lost a chunk of European stock trading this week. What will it lose next?," 8 Jan. 2021 The crew on the Lance, Ousland, Horn, and now Rotmo and Gamme, pieces on a moving chessboard in the Arctic night. Adventure, "The untold story of the boldest polar expedition of modern times," 23 Dec. 2020 Joseph and Mary were forced to travel to Bethlehem for reasons of tax compliance, moved around by the relevant political powers like pawns on a chessboard, completely without authority of their own and at the mercy of the merciless. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "His Father’s Business," 25 Dec. 2020 Her precious body was guarded from that moment onward, moved like a pawn on a chessboard from one castle to another. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "‘Hue’s Hue’: Katy Kelleher’s Column on Color," 19 Dec. 2020 The game dates back more than a thousand years and is revered for the way its seemingly simple elements -- 32 pieces on a 64-square chessboard -- can produce infinite strategies of attack and defense. Faith Karimi, CNN, "'The Queen's Gambit' is sparking a surge of interest in chess," 6 Dec. 2020 So light a fire, make a drink, and set up the chessboard—Beth Harmon would be proud. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The 'Queen's Gambit' Effect: Everyone Wants a Chess Set Now," 4 Dec. 2020 At the end, Beth sits down in a Moscow park across from an old Russian man and a chessboard. Sarah Miller, The New Yorker, "The Fatal Flaw of “The Queen’s Gambit”," 1 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of chessboard

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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21 Feb 2021

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“Chessboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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