Welcome to the chess glossary directory. This is where you can find definitions for any term used in chess. Chess is full of terms that you would not have heard of in everyday life.
There is tons of terminology in chess. Actually there are so many words and phrases associated that maybe they should start thinking of it as the language chess. It can overwhelm a novice or even someone who knows quite a bit about chess.
Here you can find references to any and every chess term out there. You can also see where they fit in with the basic chess rules.
Well now you're armed to the teeth with terms and definitions. Nothing can ruffle you now. You know where to come if you've been on some forum and you see someone use a term you've never seen before.
It's a good start when you're learning the rules to have a reference or two handy for those strange words. And I bet even if you've been playing for a while you will find a few words in there that you haven't seen before.
When you are ready the next thing you should tackle is chess notation.
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