A couple of chess terms


1) How are the players in a game of chess usually referred to? Rivals? Opponents? Rivals?

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  • e2efour

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    UK English
    They may be described as rivals, but we say, for example, that Carlsen's opponent is Anand. Of course, Carlsen is the challenger in the forthcoming match, but this is a special case.

    I'm not sure that you are allowed to ask two separate questions, but I suggest you provide a sentence in a new thread about the position of the pieces, since various words can be used.
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    I would have thought that the person who sits across the board from you is your opponent, and that you are theirs.
    That would be true in AE as well, and I think it would apply to any board game. Or, come to think of it, non-board game (tennis, for example).
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