History Main / SurpriseCheckmate

13th Jan '16 6:07:25 PM phoenix
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* As a child, Judge Ford played against her mentor, [[TheWestingGame Sam Westing]]. She got a thrill when she managed to capture his queen, shortly followed a dose of humility when he checkmated her in the next turn. This defeat gets referenced later, and she doesn't welcome the nostalgia.
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* As a child, Judge Ford played against her mentor, [[TheWestingGame [[Literature/TheWestingGame Sam Westing]]. She got a thrill when she managed to capture his queen, shortly followed a dose of humility when he checkmated her in the next turn. This defeat gets referenced later, and she doesn't welcome the nostalgia.
12th Jan '16 1:35:18 PM MarkLungo
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* Allegedly, [[Anime/YuGiOh Gozaburo Kaiba]] was a world-class chess player. It didn't stop prepubescent Seto from beating him.
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* Allegedly, [[Anime/YuGiOh Gozaburo Kaiba]] Kaiba of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' was a world-class chess player. It didn't stop prepubescent Seto from beating him.
12th Jan '16 1:34:40 PM MarkLungo
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPkByAkAdZs An Audi commercial]] featuring Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto starts off this way. Playing [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration 3-d chess]] on tablets, no less.
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPkByAkAdZs An Audi commercial]] featuring Leonard Nimoy Creator/LeonardNimoy and Zachary Quinto Creator/ZacharyQuinto starts off this way. Playing [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration 3-d chess]] on tablets, no less.

* In the ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' episode "Bohemian Rhapsody", Edward is completely surprised when her opponent puts her in checkmate. Her opponent is also surprised when Ed announces a move that will one-mate him, but then decides to not do it. Of course, Edward is an idiot savant with no formal chess training and her opponent is senile, so either of them being surprised at the other isn't really that surprising.
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* In the ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' episode "Bohemian Rhapsody", "[[Recap/CowboyBebopSession14BohemianRhapsody Bohemian Rhapsody]]", Edward is completely surprised when her opponent puts her in checkmate. Her opponent is also surprised when Ed announces a move that will one-mate him, but then decides to not do it. Of course, Edward is an idiot savant with no formal chess training and her opponent is senile, so either of them being surprised at the other isn't really that surprising.
12th Jan '16 1:32:52 PM MarkLungo
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12th Jan '16 1:30:34 PM Morgenthaler
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Misuse. It's Genre Savvy, not just "savvy".
* Speaking of which, advanced chess players are GenreSavvy enough to anticipate ''all of the above'' situations in advance.
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* Speaking of which, advanced chess players are GenreSavvy smart enough to anticipate ''all of the above'' situations in advance.
11th Jan '16 5:57:22 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', Barry's friends help him train his powers by playing chess, ping-pong and Operation with him simultaneously. Wells proves that his super-multitasking still needs work by checkmating him (though Barry "crushed it" in the other two).
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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', *''Series/TheFlash2014'': ** Barry's friends help him train his powers by playing chess, ping-pong and Operation with him simultaneously. Wells proves that his super-multitasking still needs work by checkmating him (though Barry "crushed it" in the other two).two). ** Wells does this again in a flashback while playing chess with Hartley / Pied Piper. He manages to go from being in check to checkmating his opponent in one move.
26th Nov '15 2:51:44 AM Sabrewing
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* In ''Film/{{Sadko}}'' (better known to ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' fans as "The Magic Voyage of Sinbad"), Sadko challenges the prince of India to a game of chess. The prince's final move has him convinced that he has won, but Sadko turns around and checkmates him, leaving him dumbstruck.
22nd Nov '15 11:03:07 AM nombretomado
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* ''FoxTrot''. Roger loves chess and invariably loses, despite his eternal hope that he'll win next time. Crowning example: he lets Jason have the first move, and Jason proceeds to rattle off a winning string of notation (The ''[[PressStartToGameOver four-move Scholar's Mate]]'', [[GeniusBonus if you're paying attention]]) without Roger setting up the board.
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* ''FoxTrot''.''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''. Roger loves chess and invariably loses, despite his eternal hope that he'll win next time. Crowning example: he lets Jason have the first move, and Jason proceeds to rattle off a winning string of notation (The ''[[PressStartToGameOver four-move Scholar's Mate]]'', [[GeniusBonus if you're paying attention]]) without Roger setting up the board.
19th Nov '15 1:34:54 AM nemui10pm
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* An episode of ''Series/Psych'' had a couple of subtle examples. One is where young Shawn is seemingly distracted while his dad is trying to teach him chess before Shawn beats him in the flashback. The same happens when the two are playing the end of the episode (with the bet being if Shawn wins, he gets to use his dad's truck for a week while if Henry wins, Shawn has to wash said truck). Shawn wins again; the surprise comes from Shawn's casual demeanor and Henry looking surprised in both accounts.
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* An episode of ''Series/Psych'' ''Series/{{Psych}}'' had a couple of subtle examples. One is where young Shawn is seemingly distracted while his dad is trying to teach him chess before Shawn beats him in the flashback. The same happens when the two are playing the end of the episode (with the bet being if Shawn wins, he gets to use his dad's truck for a week while if Henry wins, Shawn has to wash said truck). Shawn wins again; the surprise comes from Shawn's casual demeanor and Henry looking surprised in both accounts.accounts. * Happens twice in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', once by Sheppard against [=McKay=] and by Zelenka against a bit-character. However, the first example is justified in that [[InsufferableGenius McKay]] underestimated [[ObfuscatingStupidity Sheppard]].
19th Oct '15 1:02:28 PM shokoshu
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* Mother of all surprises happens in Pixars short "Geri's Game": Geri swindles the opponent by faking a heart attack and rotating the board when his opponent looks under the table. Mother, because his opponent is [[SplitPersonality he himself...]]
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