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A couple of chess terms

Discussion in 'English Only' started by L-lina, Sep 7, 2013.

  1. L-lina Member

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

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  2. e2efour

    e2efour Senior Member

    England (aged 76)
    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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  3. Beryl from Northallerton Senior Member

    British English
    I would have thought that the person who sits across the board from you is your opponent, and that you are theirs.
  4. Parla Member Emeritus

    New York City
    English - US
    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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