perpetual check


Definition of perpetual check

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Necessary was a dash to a perpetual check and a draw with Rd6 and then Rxg6+. Chris Chase,, "Chess notes," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of perpetual check

1750, in the meaning defined above

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“Perpetual check.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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