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Chess - Dutch Names and Words

Max Euwe click to hear World Chess Champion 1935-37; defeated and later lost again to Alexander Aljechin (Alekhine). >> Dutch EU click to hear

Other Dutch Grand Masters
Jan-Hein Donner click to hear 2
Jan Timman click to hear 2
Wouter Spoelman click to
  hear
Friso Nijboer click to hear 2
Scheveningen
Hoogovenstournooi
IJmuiden
click to hear
Scheveningen click to hear is a seaside resort near The Hague. A new way of playing the Sicilian Defense (1. e4 c5) was introduced at a tournament there (long ago.)
The Hoogovens ('blast furnaces') in the city of IJmuiden were the major Dutch iron works. They used to finance a famous chess tournament. Nowadays called 'Corus' or 'Tata.'
Wijk aan Zee click to hear 2

[a chess board]
schaakbord
schaken
schaakbord
zwart
wit
hear

chess
chessboard
black
white
schaak
mat
pat
remise
hear - 2
check
checkmate
stalemate
draw
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[pawns]
pionnen
[knights]
paarden
[knights]
paarden
[bishops]
lopers
[bishops]
lopers
[bishops]
lopers
[]
torens
[queens]
dames
[kings]
koningen
[the white chess pieces]
pion click to hear - torenclick to hear - paard click to hear - loper click to hear - dame click to hear - koning click to hear
pion
paard
loper
hear
pawn
[horse] knight
[?] bishop
toren
dame
(koningin)
koning
hear - (2)
[tower] castle
[lady] queen
(queen)
king
rokeren *
slaan
promoveren
hear - 2
castling
to take
~ queen a pawn
[promotion]
opening
middenspel
eindspel
hear
opening
middle game
endgame
winnen
verliezen
aanvallen
verdedigen
hear
to win
to lose
to attack
to defend
- more about verbs
['to take 1']
slaan 1
['to take 2']
slaan 2
[~queening a pawn 1]
promoveren 1
[~queening a pawn 2]
promoveren 2
[~queening a pawn 3]
promoveren 3
Wie is er aan de beurt? - hear - Whose turn is it?

[opening]
opening click to hear 2

[middle game]
middenspel click to hear 2 3
[endgame]
eindspel click to hear 2 3

Correct Chess Pieces

My brother Peter tells me my pieces above are not (anatomically?) correct.
(These five pictures by © Peter Schuffelen. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.)
[chess pieces on a chess board] [chess pieces, one of each kind]
[chess queen and king]
dame click to hear - koning click to hear
[bishop and rook]
loper click to hear - toren click to hear
[knight and pawn]
paard click to hear - pion click to hear

Rokeren: 0-0 and 0-0-0 (Castling)

[castling short, white] [castling short, white] korte rokade click to hear
[castling long, white] [castling long, white] lange rokade click to hear
[castling long, black] [castling long, black] lange rokade click to hear

The second syllable in 'rokeren' (castling) has a 'long E' click to hear that has the stress of the word - a bit unusual. I think you could say the word either with a 'long O' rókeren click to hear or with a 'short O' ròkeren click to hear - as the O doesn't have the emphasis of the word it doesn't matter that much. Compare with regular pronunciation/spelling pokeren click to hear 2 3 ('to play poker')
But 'rokade' click to hear 2 is better with 'short O:' korte rokade click to hear / lange rokade click to hear It's an exception to general spelling rules. In the 1930s, before the last major spelling reform, it was written as 'rochade.'

(De) partij click to hear ('match, a serious game' - also: 'political party') - (het) partijtje click to hear ('a friendly game' - also: 'children's party')
(De) zet click to hear ('move') - een goede zet click to hear 2 3 ('a good move') - wie is aan zet? click to hear 2 3 4 ('whose move is it?')
(de) zetdwang click to hear 2 3 ('forced move' - a situation in which you have to make an undesirable move. German: Zugzwang)
Opofferen click to hear 2 ('to sacrifice') - (het) pionoffer click to hear 2 ('pawn sacrifice')
(Het) gambiet click to hear ('gambit') - aangenomen click to hear 2 3 4 ('accepted') - geweigerd click to hear 2 ("refused" - 'declined') - damegambiet click to hear 2 3 ('queen's gambit')
(Het) initiatief click to hear 2 ('initiative')
(De) stelling click to hear 2 /or/ (de) positie click to hear 2 ('position')
(De) aanval click to hear 2 ('attack') - aanvallen click to hear 2 ('to attack') - (de) verdediging click to hear ('defense') - verdedigen click to hear ('to defend')
Dekken click to hear (to "cover" - 'defend' a piece ) - gedekt click to hear 2 3 ("covered" - 'defended')
(De) vork click to hear /or/ (het) vorkje click to hear ('fork' - also for eating)
Winnen click to hear 2 ('to win') - ik heb gewonnen click to hear ('I won, I have won') / verliezen click to hear 2 ('to lose') - ik heb verloren click to hear 2 ('I lost, I have lost')
(This chess words list is a work in progress. I may add more chess words - and feel free to email me your suggestions.)

winnen
to win
- ik win
I win
- wij winnen
we win
- ik won
I won
- wij wonnen
we won
- ik heb gewonnen
I have won
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verliezen
to lose
- ik verlies
I lose
- wij verliezen
we lose
- ik verloor
I lost
- wij verloren
we lost
- ik heb verloren
I have lost
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(De) koningin click to hear 2 is just the royal person. To use the word for 'queen' in Dutch chess is very unusual.
Dutch church 'bishop' is 'bisschop' click to hear - it may be that the word 'loper' originally meant 'runner.'

Thank you Pat Gallagher for asking about the words for castling, commenting on the meaning of 'loper' and suggesting additional chess words.

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