white <stops /prevents> the checkmate [chess]

  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    Perhaps if you're being really precise, "stops" suggets that you put another piece in the way, "prevents" means that you give the king an escape or take the threatening piece. But really there's not a great deal of difference.

    However, "prevents" is probably more elegant and more often used.
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