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Dear Maria,

Would you please tell me if the following is correct or not:


“scacchi”   =  plural masculine noun that means “chess”    (a game for 2 players each of whom moves 16 pieces according to fixed rules across a checkerboard and tries to checkmate the opponent's king)

“scacco”    = masculine noun that means “chess piece”

“a scacchi” =   “complemento di modo” that means “checkered” (a pattern of colored squares)


If this is all correct, would you also please tell me if I am correct to think that “a scacchi” translates into English as an adjective.  

For example, would “un vestito a scacchi” means   “a checkered dress”?


Thank you very, very much for all of your kind and gracious help.

Very Sincerely,

Rich

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Dear Rich,

Glad to help you  with all your questions.
So, “scacchi” is just a  plural masculine noun that means “chess”, “the game of chess”  (a game for 2 players each of whom moves 16 pieces according to fixed rules across a checkerboard and tries to checkmate the opponent's king)

“scacco”   is just a singular masculine noun that means “chess piece”

“a scacchi”  can be either a  “complemento di modo” that means “checkered” or “chequered” as an adjective referring to  a pattern of colored squares in two or more colours, or a “complemento di mezzo” referring to the game of chess as in “giocare a scacchi” (to play chess) and “fare una partita a scacchi” (to play / to have a game of chess ).

As you can see, you are  correct to think that “a scacchi” translates into English as an adjective , i.e. “checkered” or “chequered , when it refers to a pattern of colored squares in two or more colours, as in “un vestito a scacchi” meaning   “a checkered dress” and “una  tovaglia a scacchi” meaning “a checkered tablecloth”.

Lastly I have to tell you that we can say  "tenere qualcuno in scacco" meaning "to hold/ to keep someone in check", and "subire uno scacco" meaning "to suffer a setback"


Have a nice weekend,

Maria

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