CHESS in sign language
How do you sign "chess" in ASL? Learn a few tidbits of Deaf history and culture.
Meaning: a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 grid. The players aim to checkmate the opponent's king to win.
Usage in classifier, storytelling, prose.
How to sign for the parts of chess?
The Polish postage stamp (1956) celebrated the 1st World Chess Championships for the Deaf in Zakopane, Poland.
American Deaf artist states on her work "Equal But Wow" (2019) watercolor, "Each chess piece has a strategic power. Some are gifted with superior powers (or privileges) than others. The queen has the greatest power of mobility on the chessboard. When the queen stalks, no piece is safe, and kings tremble behind their stockade of pawns. A Deaf and hearing queen will always have equal power on the board, but one can't help but notice that the Deaf queen is unique and has a WOW factor."
In her statement, both hearing and deaf queens have the same footing in terms of being a human. However, when it comes to language, there is a difference of experience. Signed language is "vibrant and 3-dimensional" that the colorful queen represents. In contrast, the monochromtic queen signifies a spoken language as "linear".