perpetual check


: an endless succession of checks to which an opponent's king may be subjected to force a draw in chess

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Detroit could be without three starting offensive lineman against Minnesota, which means Jared Goff will be in perpetual check-down mode. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Oct. 2021 Necessary was a dash to a perpetual check and a draw with Rd6 and then Rxg6+. Chris Chase,, 24 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1750, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of perpetual check was in 1750

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“Perpetual check.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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