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23rd Sep '17 11:06:26 AM KillerClowns
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* The completely loony Queen from ''VideoGame/{{Headlander}}'' runs... she started with chess, but her Grid Clash is now just a chess-themed gladiatorial arena in which the patterns of fired lasers imitate the movements of the "firing" piece.
17th Sep '17 5:30:36 PM nombretomado
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* "Quarantine", a drabble by ArthurCClarke. Aliens reach earth, and their computers determine that chess will so utterly derange them that the only solution is to blow up the planet.

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* "Quarantine", a drabble by ArthurCClarke.Creator/ArthurCClarke. Aliens reach earth, and their computers determine that chess will so utterly derange them that the only solution is to blow up the planet.
7th Aug '17 7:10:53 PM WillBGood
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** Creator/AleisterCrowley, himself a good example of this trope, at one point had the ambition of becoming chess grandmaster, until [[http://hermetic.com/crowley/confessions/chapter16.html he saw some leading chess players up close]]: 'I saw the masters --- one, shabby, snuffy and blear-eyed; another, in badly fitting would-be respectable shoddy; a third, a mere parody of humanity, and so on for the rest. These were the people to whose ranks I was seeking admission. "There, but for the grace of God, goes Aleister Crowley," I exclaimed to myself with disgust, and there and then I registered a vow never to play another serious game of chess.' He did, however, play some decidedly non-serious games. He was particularly noted for his unusual variant on "blindfold chess" - he would disappear into a bedroom with his current girlfriend and call out his moves through a closed door while they were presumably... [[UnusualEuphemism engaged in an activity not traditionally associated with chess.]]

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** Creator/AleisterCrowley, himself a good example of this trope, at one point had the ambition of becoming chess grandmaster, until [[http://hermetic.com/crowley/confessions/chapter16.html he saw some leading chess players up close]]: 'I saw the masters --- one, shabby, snuffy and blear-eyed; another, in badly fitting would-be respectable shoddy; a third, a mere parody of humanity, and so on for the rest. These were the people to whose ranks I was seeking admission. "There, but for the grace of God, goes Aleister Crowley," I exclaimed to myself with disgust, and there and then I registered a vow never to play another serious game of chess.' He did, however, play some decidedly non-serious games. He was particularly noted for his unusual variant on "blindfold chess" - he would disappear into a bedroom with his current girlfriend and call out his moves through a closed door while they were presumably... [[UnusualEuphemism [[CoitusUninterruptus engaged in an activity not traditionally associated with chess.]]
7th Aug '17 7:10:07 PM WillBGood
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** Bobby Fischer, the 11th world champion. The man who took down the Soviet chess machine. Also a raving anti-semite ([[BoomerangBigot in spite of his Jewish ancestry]]), ConspiracyTheorist who thought that the Soviets (and later, the Jews) were trying to assassinate him or at least screw up his games, and all-around nutjob. [[BasedOnAGreatBigLie Rumor has it]] that Fischer and his opponent Spassky hated each other so much that the championship organizers had to put a board under the chess table to stop them from kicking each other between moves. Various psychological profiles, including one by the [=KGB=], concluded that Fischer was a certifiable [[TheSociopath psychopath]].

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** Bobby Fischer, the 11th world champion. The man who took down the Soviet chess machine. Also a raving anti-semite anti-Semite ([[BoomerangBigot in spite of his Jewish ancestry]]), ancestry]]) and ConspiracyTheorist who thought that the Soviets (and later, the Jews) were trying to assassinate him or at least screw up his games, and all-around nutjob. [[BasedOnAGreatBigLie Rumor has it]] that Fischer and his opponent Spassky hated each other so much that the championship organizers had to put a board under the chess table to stop them from kicking each other between moves. Various psychological profiles, including one by the [=KGB=], concluded that Fischer was a certifiable [[TheSociopath psychopath]].
30th Jul '17 4:08:22 AM StFan
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* In one ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' strip, Jason and Marcus combine chess with ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. ("As if regular chess isn't nerdy enough," sighs Paige.)
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* In one ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' strip, Jason and Marcus combine chess with ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. ("As if regular chess isn't nerdy enough," sighs Paige.)
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22nd Jul '17 8:41:19 AM Morgenthaler
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Many writers view TabletopGame/{{chess}} players as not just [[SmartPeoplePlayChess brilliant]], but also mad as a hatter. As a result, this trope shows up in various works featuring chess or similar games such as go. Expect rants about conspiracies against the player, bizarre and borderline-OCD match behavior (such as demanding that spectators be seated in a symmetrical manner around the board, or throwing out people whose watches are ticking a bit too noticeably), and, in some cases, violent rage (culminating in [[RageQuit flipping the board]]) or total depression. Expect someone to proclaim at one point that 'It's only a game!', and more often than not, the madman will disagree.

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Many writers view TabletopGame/{{chess}} players as not just [[SmartPeoplePlayChess brilliant]], but also mad as a hatter. As a result, this trope shows up in various works featuring chess or similar games such as go.TabletopGame/{{go}}. Expect rants about conspiracies against the player, bizarre and borderline-OCD match behavior (such as demanding that spectators be seated in a symmetrical manner around the board, or throwing out people whose watches are ticking a bit too noticeably), and, in some cases, violent rage (culminating in [[RageQuit flipping the board]]) or total depression. Expect someone to proclaim at one point that 'It's only a game!', and more often than not, the madman will disagree.
22nd Jul '17 8:40:44 AM Morgenthaler
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2nd Jul '17 8:25:14 PM Doug86
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* [[ComicBook/{{Batman}} The Joker]] is a brilliant chess player able to consistently beat Ra's al Ghul, Batman's oldest (as in, the most long-lived in-universe) and most strategically sound foe, at chess.

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* [[ComicBook/{{Batman}} The Joker]] ComicBook/TheJoker is a brilliant chess player able to consistently beat Ra's al Ghul, ComicBook/RasAlGhul, Batman's oldest (as in, the most long-lived in-universe) and most strategically sound foe, at chess.
28th Apr '17 6:24:26 AM HiddenWindshield
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* Mao and Lelouch in ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Mao is crazy enough that he rigs a bomb to detonate if he wins. Subverted (or perhaps reinforced) in that neither Mao nor Lelouch actually know how to play chess and are playing based on their own rules.

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* Mao and Lelouch in ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Mao ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is crazy enough that he rigs a bomb to detonate and kill [[spoiler:Nunally]] if he wins. wins, in order to force Lelouch to play him. Subverted (or perhaps reinforced) in that neither Mao nor Lelouch he doesn't actually know how to play chess and are playing based on their own rules.except by [[spoiler:reading Lelouch's mind]].
19th Mar '17 3:19:25 PM eroock
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* ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', An epic chess match between Holmes and the main antagonist serves as both the climax and a representation for the entire movie's events. It should also be mentioned that both of them were not using a chess board and playing throughout portions of the match.

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* In ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', An an epic chess match between Holmes and the main antagonist serves as both the climax and a representation for the entire movie's events. It should also be mentioned that both of them were not using a chess board and playing throughout portions of the match.
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