chess etc. -- I am/play (with) white?

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  1. takiakos76 Senior Member


    When you play chess, what is the grammatically correct way to say that I'll be playing with white?
    "You can be/play [with?] [the?] white [pieces], I'll be/play [with?] [the?] black [pieces]."

    Also, in general: with any board game etc., how do you say which color you pick in a similar way?
    "I'll be/play with [the?] yellow [pieces?] in parcheesi, OK?"

  2. jmichaelm Senior Member

    NJ, USA
    English - US
    In chess I've seen this expressed a few different ways.
    "Kasparov as white"
    "Fisher played white."
    "My friend was white; I was black."
  3. dojibear

    dojibear Senior Member

    Fresno CA
    English - Northeast US
    In a board game you might say "I'll use the blue piece".
  4. Andygc

    Andygc Senior Member

    British English
    The commonest usage for me is "I'm white", "I'm blue", "I'm the car" etc.
  5. takiakos76 Senior Member

    OK, thank you for your answers!
  6. Franco-filly Senior Member

    Southern England
    English - Southern England
    At the beginning of a board game one might ask "What colour do you want to be?" and the reply can be "I'll be yellow" etc.
  7. e2efour

    e2efour Senior Member

    England (aged 76)
    UK English
    Another common expression is I'll have white (e.g. Carlsen had white/White against Karjakin).

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