As an ardent fan of Chess, I sometimes think as to how life imitates Chess ( or the rather the other way round ) Chess, beautifully describes our struggle through life, the ways that lead to success. The glossary of chess terms can easily be re-labeled as “Ways of Life”.Here I’ve intended to convey this meaning through a small verse.
In India, even a layman knows Chess but only a few pursue it. Many of them might be unaware of a few terms used here. Here are their simple meanings. You need not understand them thoroughly. Its enough if you just get the outer meaning.
Open File – A column on the Chessboard where there are no enemy pieces and you can forge ahead.
Back Rank Mate – A checkmate delivered to the King by a rook/Queen who is stuck with his own pawns on the first/last row.
Blitz – A faster version of Chess.
Queening – A pawn promoting to a queen if it reaches the last rank in its column.
Opening, Middlegame, Endgame – The three stages in the game of Chess.
Sacrifice– A way in Chess where one’s own material is sacrificed in order to achieve some motive.