I'm trying to determine natural way(s) to express how certain Chess moves will be advantageous or disadvantageous in a certain position.

In this position, if you exchange your queen with your opponents rook, you'll be at a disadvantage.

This is my best guess at how to express this:


Other things I can think of are


If anyone knows of how I can express getting into a "bad situation" or "a loss" in this context, I'd appreciate it. Other words I might be able to use are 有利 or 不利.

  • You could find some examples looking through annotated games such as this one.
    – bcloutier
    Jul 21, 2016 at 18:28
  • Thanks, that is a good reference. However, it looks like the style of speech is a bit different than a person might use when casually speaking, so if anyone knows any simple expressions that don't make me sound like an announcer, that would be good too.
    – Locksleyu
    Jul 21, 2016 at 18:49
  • The example sentence seems a little unnatural, not linguistically but game-wise, I guess you wanted to say "you'll be simply at a disadvantage" or so. If so, I'd go with クイーンとルークの交換は単に損だ.
    – user4092
    Jul 22, 2016 at 15:42
  • @user4092: So my example is grammatically correct but doesn't fit the game? How is the meaning of my sentence different from yours? (I mean the "クイーンとルークの交換" part)
    – Locksleyu
    Jul 22, 2016 at 16:49
  • I meant queen-rook exchange is disadvantageous by default and you won't take that move unless you will get some benefit in another aspect, so if you are to comment something, you'd point out short of that exchangeable benefit.
    – user4092
    Jul 22, 2016 at 20:34

1 Answer 1


The expressions you listed all seem fine to me. But there are other expressions that can be used, with different nuances. These are used mainly for shogi moves, but I believe you can use them also for chess.

Using jargon, in the order of severity:

  • ~は大【だい】悪手【あくしゅ】だ
  • ~は悪手【あくしゅ】だ
  • ~は疑問手【ぎもんしゅ】だ
  • ~は緩手【かんしゅ】だ

More vaguely:

  • ~は味が悪い
  • ~はよくない
  • ~は苦しい/~は(後で)苦しくなる
  • ~は緩い
  • ~はぬるい

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