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Board games and playing board games

backgammon

noun

a game for two people played on a board using two dice and counters (=round pieces) in two different colours

bagatelle

noun

a game for one person in which a small ball rolls around a board with holes in it. You score points depending on which hole the ball falls into.

board game

noun

an indoor game played on a board, often with pieces that are moved around it

checkerboard

noun

a draughtboard

checkers

noun

the game of draughts

chess

noun

a game for two people, played on a board with black and white squares, using different shaped pieces, including two kings. The aim is to get the other player’s king into a position where it cannot move

Chinese chequers

noun

a game played by several people on a board shaped like a star. Each player tries to be the first to move a set of marbles (=small glass balls) from holes on one side of the board to holes on the other.

compendium

noun

a collection of different games sold together in one box

counter

noun

a small round coloured object that you use in a board game

domino

noun

a small flat piece of plastic or wood with spots on it, used in the game of dominoes

dominoes

noun

a game in which players take turns to try to place each domino on a table next to another with the same number of spots on it

draught

noun

any one of the small round pieces used in the game of draughts. The American word is checker.

draughtboard

noun

a board with squares of two different colours on it, used for playing draughts. The American word is checkerboard.

draughts

noun

a game for two people, played on a board with black and white squares using 24 round pieces. The American word is checkers.

go

noun

a Japanese game for two people, played with black and white stones on a board with lines that cross each other

lotto

noun

a game in which each player tries to match the numbers on their card with numbers chosen by chance from a container

mahjong

noun

a Chinese game played on a table with small square pieces

mah-jongg

an American spelling of mahjong

move

verb

to change the position of objects that you use for playing games on boards

move

noun

a change in the position of one of the objects used in board games

move

noun

a player’s opportunity to change the position of an object in a board game

move

noun

a way in which a player is allowed to change the position of an object in a board game

piece

noun

an object that you move in a board game

Scrabble

a game in which two or more players try to form words using letters on a board

snakes and ladders

noun

a game played on a board with coloured squares and pictures of snakes and ladders

solitaire

noun

a game for one person in which you move pieces around on a board. The aim is to have only one piece left at the end of the game.

square

noun

one of the small sections that the board is divided into in games such as chess and draughts

tiddlywinks

noun

a game in which you try to make flat round pieces of plastic fly into a container by pressing the edge of them with a larger piece. Each piece is called a tiddlywink.

Trivial Pursuit

a game played on a board in which players have to answer questions on various subjects

war game

noun

a game in which people use images or models of military forces to pretend to fight battles on a computer or on a table

white

noun

in some board games, the person who uses the white pieces

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