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Definition of Luft

Luft Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Chess Terms
German "air." Moving a pawn so the king has an escape square to prevent back-rank mates.
Luft Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Luft, the German word for "air" (sometimes also "space" or "breath"), is used by some chess writers and commentators to denote a space or square left by a pawn move into which a castled king may move, especially such a space made with the intention of avoiding a back rank checkmate. A move leaving such a space is often said to "give the king some luft".

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