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20th Jan '17 9:12:10 AM MadCat221
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* In ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', Holmes and Moriarty play a game of chess while they discuss the philosophical underpinnings of Moriarty's world power play, all while their agents (Watson and Sim, and Moran and Rene, respectively) covertly wage battle under the cover of a ballroom gathering. Holmes scores a SurpriseCheckmate against Moriarty after detailing how he deprived Moriarty of his considerably large war chest and [[InvoluntaryCharityDonation donated it to charity]].
30th Oct '16 10:06:58 AM jamespolk
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* ''Film/QueenOfKatwe'': Phiona pulls off a few of these. In one scene Phiona moves her queen to the back row to put her opponent in check. Her opponent takes Phiona's queen with her rook then sniffs "You don't know anything." What her opponent doesn't know is that Phiona sacrificed her queen to force her opponent to move the rook, which cuts off her king's escape; Phiona moves her knight and checkmates her opponent on the next move.
24th Aug '16 2:52:09 PM eowynjedi
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* In ''Literature/WolfHall'', this is usually averted with Thomas Cromwell's chess games (when he plays his protege Rafe, they frequently stalemate because of how well they know each other's game). He does get a surprise checkmate against Tom Seymour in Calais. Seymour first says "how did you do that?" and later claims that it only happened because Cromwell distracted him by talking about Jane. So they play again, and Cromwell beats him again.
22nd Jul '16 8:54:59 AM Odacon_Spy
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** The Fool's Mate [[note]]1. g4 e5 2. f4 Qh4++ being one way to attain it[[/note]] is a perfect example, though it only rarely happens because it requires a novice player to make a critical opening move mistake.[[note]] While opening with 1. g3 ... 2. [=Bg2=] is a hallmark of hypermodern play and a valid way to build a solid pawn structure while maintaining central square protection, opening with 1. g4 (aka Grob's Attack or simply "The Grob") is widely considered the worst possible opening move (except possibly for 1. f3, aka the Barnes Opening) as it loosens the entire kingside structure and prevents the critical h4 square any sort of defensive coverage. Incidentally, the aforementioned Barnes Opening can also lead to this checkmate via 1. f3 e5 2. g4 Qh4++[[/note]] Players caught off-guard by this rather surprising mate never fall for this one again, nor will any spectators who see it happen to the novice player.

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** The Fool's Mate [[note]]1. g4 e5 2. f4 Qh4++ [=Qh4=]++ being one way to attain it[[/note]] is a perfect example, though it only rarely happens because it requires a novice player to make a critical opening move mistake.[[note]] While opening with 1. g3 ... 2. [=Bg2=] is a hallmark of hypermodern play and a valid way to build a solid pawn structure while maintaining central square protection, opening with 1. g4 (aka Grob's Attack or simply "The Grob") is widely considered the worst possible opening move (except possibly for 1. f3, aka the Barnes Opening) as it loosens the entire kingside structure and prevents the critical h4 square any sort of defensive coverage. Incidentally, the aforementioned Barnes Opening can also lead to this checkmate via 1. f3 e5 2. g4 Qh4++[[/note]] [=Qh4=]++[[/note]] Players caught off-guard by this rather surprising mate never fall for this one again, nor will any spectators who see it happen to the novice player.
22nd Jul '16 8:53:43 AM Odacon_Spy
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** The Fool's Mate [[note]]1. g4 e5 2. f4 Qh4++ being one way to attain it[[/note]] is a perfect example, though it only rarely happens because it requires a novice player to make a critical opening move mistake.[[note]] While opening with 1. g3 ... 2. Bg2 is a hallmark of hypermodern play and a valid way to build a solid pawn structure while maintaining central square protection, opening with 1. g4 (aka Grob's Attack or simply "The Grob") is widely considered the worst possible opening move (except possibly for 1. f3, aka the Barnes Opening) as it loosens the entire kingside structure and prevents the critical h4 square any sort of defensive coverage. Incidentally, the aforementioned Barnes Opening can also lead to this checkmate via 1. f3 e5 2. g4 Qh4++[[/note]] Players caught off-guard by this rather surprising mate never fall for this one again, nor will any spectators who see it happen to the novice player.

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** The Fool's Mate [[note]]1. g4 e5 2. f4 Qh4++ being one way to attain it[[/note]] is a perfect example, though it only rarely happens because it requires a novice player to make a critical opening move mistake.[[note]] While opening with 1. g3 ... 2. Bg2 [=Bg2=] is a hallmark of hypermodern play and a valid way to build a solid pawn structure while maintaining central square protection, opening with 1. g4 (aka Grob's Attack or simply "The Grob") is widely considered the worst possible opening move (except possibly for 1. f3, aka the Barnes Opening) as it loosens the entire kingside structure and prevents the critical h4 square any sort of defensive coverage. Incidentally, the aforementioned Barnes Opening can also lead to this checkmate via 1. f3 e5 2. g4 Qh4++[[/note]] Players caught off-guard by this rather surprising mate never fall for this one again, nor will any spectators who see it happen to the novice player.
20th Jul '16 9:17:51 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', [[TheProfessor Solas]] and [[GeniusBruiser Iron Bull]] can play chess in party banter, with the board existing only in their memory. Solas does it to assuage Bull's fear that he will become a [[DangerousDeserter mad Tal-Vashoth]] after abandoning the Qun. They end up re-enacting the Immortal Game (see under Real Life).

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', [[TheProfessor Solas]] and [[GeniusBruiser Iron Bull]] can play chess in party banter, with the board existing only in their memory. Solas does it to assuage Bull's fear that he will become a [[DangerousDeserter mad Tal-Vashoth]] after abandoning the Qun. They end up re-enacting the Immortal Game (see under Real Life). This also forshadows Solas' long-term strategies; the winning move was actually a seemingly pointless pawn movement mid-way through the game.
12th Jun '16 10:58:03 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': In episode 15, Gendo and Fuyutsuki played a Go match as they argued recent developments, and Fuyutsuki was completely surprised when Gendo put him in checkmate. He surrended, knowing that resistance was pointless.
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13th Apr '16 8:10:12 AM MadCat221
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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', [[TheProfessor Solas]] and [[GeniusBruiser Iron Bull]] can play chess in party banter, with the board existing only in their memory. They end up re-enacting the Immortal Game (see under Real Life).

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', [[TheProfessor Solas]] and [[GeniusBruiser Iron Bull]] can play chess in party banter, with the board existing only in their memory. Solas does it to assuage Bull's fear that he will become a [[DangerousDeserter mad Tal-Vashoth]] after abandoning the Qun. They end up re-enacting the Immortal Game (see under Real Life).
4th Apr '16 10:17:49 AM MadCat221
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-->''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''

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-->--''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''
4th Apr '16 10:16:46 AM MadCat221
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'''The Iron Bull''':Rrrrrgh. Nice game.... ''mage''.\\

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'''The Iron Bull''':Rrrrrgh.Bull''': Rrrrrgh. Nice game.... ''mage''.\\
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