fianchetto

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Italian, a diminutive of fianca ‘flank’.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /fɪənˈt͡ʃɛtəʊ/, /fɪənˈkɛtəʊ/

Noun[edit]

fianchetto ‎(plural fianchetti)

  1. (chess) the development of a bishop by moving it one square to a long diagonal; specifically, a set of opening moves where a bishop is developed to the second rank of the adjacent knight file
    • 1994: I’m not a hero, I’m not even a chessboard knight. Trying to be a priest was something of a fianchetto wasn’t it? Clever move by a poor player. — Jeanette Winterson, Art & Lies

Verb[edit]

fianchetto ‎(third-person singular simple present fianchettos, present participle fianchettoing, simple past and past participle fianchettoed)

  1. (chess) to develop a bishop by moving it one square to a long diagonal; specifically, a set of opening moves where a bishop is developed to the second rank of the adjacent knight file