chess noun definition in Board games topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

chess

 noun: Board games topic
a game for two people played on a board marked with black and white squares on which each playing piece (representing a king, queen, castle, etc.) is moved according to special rules. The aim is to put the other player’s king in a position from which it cannot escape (= to checkmate it). the position of the chess pieces on the board Alex plays chess as a hobby.