Welcome to the forums, Doubledown.Hi SuprunP,
a 'game of chess' also refers to the (physical) game itself, i.e. the chess board and the pieces. Also, here 'won' is just a fancy way of saying that he got a game of chess from that person.
Hope this helps,
Hi, ribran.Welcome to the forums, Doubledown.
I searched both the Corpus of Contemporary American English and the British National Corpus for "have a game of chess," "has a game of chess," "had a game of chess," "having a game of chess," "get a game of chess," "gets a game of chess," "got a game of chess," "gotten a game of chess," and "getting a game of chess." Neither had any. To me, a chessboard is a very different thing from a game of chess.
I think that 'chess game' can quite clearly refer to the (physical) apparatus used in play - especially in AE. "Look mom, I got a chess game for Christmas!"Hi, ribran.
Up until last year I would have agreed with you no matter what, but then I heard a friend of mine - an American - say that he had gotten a game of chess for Christmas. He has quite a good command of his native language so I thought it would be correct. As a non-native speaker I looked it up, of course, and also didn't find a corresponding reference in every dictionary but in some.
What do the other native speakers on here say to this?