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  1. Playing as blacks
  2. Playing black
  3. Playing with blacks

On the internet, I've found these 3 versions and people are using all of them. However, I don't know which one is a correct version.

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I've never seen plural "blacks" or "whites" referred to in chess.

This is typical, with the colours usually capitalised (in the same way as football team names):

  • Fischer playing Sicilian (B99) as Black
  • Fischer was Black
  • Fischer was playing Black
  • Opening for Black According to Karpov (book title)
  • Opening repertoire for Black (book title)
  • "What was Carlsen’s winning Black move, and why was it decisive?" (Leonard Barden, leading chess writer)
  • "White (to play) is bishop for two pawns down and threatened with Qxg2 mate, but the schoolboy spotted a tactic which turned the tables." (Barden)
  • Good to know. I didn't know this detail. In Chess forums, you'll see people using the plural. Maybe this is because in some other languages when referring to chess the language usually offers plural. Noted! – Carlos Florian May 10 at 11:16
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    @CarlosF - It might help if you edited your question and included an example where you've seen this used on a chess forum. Google just told me: No results found for +chess "Playing as blacks". – J.R. May 10 at 11:18

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