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Thursday, August 12, 2010

What's an allegro in chess?

Hello Everyone,

Chess is intricate enough to play and it has inspired intricate enough technical terms as well. Here is one - 'allegro'. Sounds musical doesn't it? (But chess and music is another long story.)

An allegro refers to a chess game in which every player has only 30 minutes to complete all the moves. The term, particularly favoured in Scotland, also refers to an instance when the clocks of both the players are set back 30 minutes after they reach the time control.

In England, the term 'quick-play' is often used instead of an allegro.

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