What do you Call a Mouse Slip on a Touch Screen?

Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for Thursday, February 25, 2021.

We’ve all done it. Those times when you are cruising to a victory and then accidentally touch a neighboring square. Perhaps this fine motor skill mishap accidentally hangs your queen. Suddenly your game is lost. In internet chess parlance, this is known as a mouse slip. But what if you are playing playing chess on a touch screen device? Since there is no mouse involved, what should we call this kind of technological chess blunder?

I’ll let you ponder that while I show you a sad loss caused by my thumb apparently missing its target. 

Did you think of an answer for what chess players should call a mouse slip type blunder when it occurs on a touchscreen? I am legitimately needing your help on this one as I play internet chess almost exclusively on my phone. So if you come up with a new phrase for this common occurrence, please leave it in the comments. 

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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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