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7th May '17 7:25:41 PM HiddenWindshield
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* Happens several times in ''Anime/CodeGeass'', which often uses in-universe chess metaphors. Main character Lelouch is a brilliant chess-player who competes in professional circuits as a hobby. Lelouch later leads a rebellion against the oppressive Britannian Empire, despite the fact that he is an exiled Britannian prince. He has been known to make an impromptu map of a current battle using chess sets which happen to be on hand, and refers to major players in the war using chess metaphors. The problem is...the writers don't seem to understand all of the rules of chess, which can at times be hilarious. Specifically, in one episode Lelouch faces off against the heir presumptive of the Britannian Empire, his half-brother Prince Schneizel, while meeting in a neutral country. To demonstrate that Schneizel is one of the few people who are Lelouch's intellectual equal, the episode has them engage in a tense chess match, fighting each other to a standstill. At the culmination of the game, Schneizel does indeed force a surprise checkmate - by moving his own king ''into a square directly next to Lelouch's king'', violating the basic rule of chess that you cannot voluntarily move your king into check. No, Schneizel's king wasn't being covered by another piece - the crowd reacts as if these were a bold but ''legal'' move, and that Schneizel is really screwing with Lelouch - the equivalent of a fencer dropping his rapier to his side, daring his opponent to dishonorably make a meaningless victory against a man not seriously trying to stop him anymore.

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* Happens several times in ''Anime/CodeGeass'', which often uses in-universe chess metaphors. Main character Lelouch is a brilliant chess-player who competes in professional circuits as a hobby. Lelouch later leads a rebellion against the oppressive Britannian Empire, despite the fact that he is an exiled Britannian prince. He has been known to make an impromptu map of a current battle using chess sets which happen to be on hand, and refers to major players in the war using chess metaphors. The problem is...the writers don't seem to understand all of the rules of chess, which can at times be hilarious. Specifically, in one episode Lelouch faces off against the heir presumptive of the Britannian Empire, his half-brother Prince Schneizel, while meeting in a neutral country. To demonstrate that Schneizel is one of the few people who are Lelouch's intellectual equal, the episode has them engage in a tense chess match, fighting each other to a standstill. At the culmination of the game, Schneizel does indeed force a surprise checkmate - by moving his own king ''into a square directly next to Lelouch's king'', violating the basic rule of chess that you cannot voluntarily move your king into check. No, Schneizel's king wasn't being covered by another piece - the The crowd reacts as if these were that was a bold but ''legal'' move, and move. Another possibility is that Schneizel is really just screwing with Lelouch - the equivalent of a fencer dropping his rapier to his side, daring his opponent to dishonorably make a meaningless victory against a man not seriously trying to stop him anymore.
26th Mar '17 4:20:56 PM eroock
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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).
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