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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''
-->--''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''.\\
4th Apr '16 10:16:22 AM MadCat221
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-> '''Lelouch:''' A bold move. But you're about to be eaten alive, my little guppy friendó-\\
'''Mao:''' Checkmate.\\
'''Lelouch:''' FUCK YOU!
-->-- ''WebVideo/CodeMENT''

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-> '''Lelouch:''' A bold move. But '''The Iron Bull''': You've got no towers, you're about down to be eaten alive, my little guppy friendó-\\
'''Mao:'''
a single Mage, [[note]]IE: Bishop[[/note]] too bad you wasted time moving that pawn to... to... ''You sneaky sonuvabitch.''\\
'''Solas''': Mage to E-7.
Checkmate.\\
'''Lelouch:''' FUCK YOU!
-->-- ''WebVideo/CodeMENT''
'''The Iron Bull''':Rrrrrgh. Nice game.... ''mage''.\\
'''Solas''': And you as well... ''Tal-vashoth.''
-->''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''
29th Mar '16 4:18:00 PM Jacob175
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* In the {{Nancy Drew}}/{{Hardy Boys}} ''Super Mystery'', "A Crime for Christmas", Nancy beats Frank in a chess game in eight moves. However, he's so preoccupied about his brother Joe's wereabouts that he doesn't even notice.
* Though not chess but [[AlternateUniverseEquivalent Cyvasse]], in ''{{Literature/A Dance With Dragons}}'', Tyrion Lannister does this to an opponent he'd previously [[ObfuscatingStupidity lost to on purpose]] in order to glean some vital information from him.

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* In the {{Nancy Drew}}/{{Hardy Boys}} Literature/NancyDrew[=/=]Literature/TheHardyBoys ''Super Mystery'', "A Crime for Christmas", Nancy beats Frank in a chess game in eight moves. However, he's so preoccupied about his brother Joe's wereabouts that he doesn't even notice.
* Though not chess but [[AlternateUniverseEquivalent Cyvasse]], with similar sport Cyvasse, in ''{{Literature/A Dance With Dragons}}'', Tyrion Lannister does this to an opponent he'd previously [[ObfuscatingStupidity lost to on purpose]] in order to glean some vital information from him.



* In an early episode of ''DarkAngel'' Max and Logan are playing chess. Max makes her move and announces "Check." Logan tries to move, and Max announces that he can't make a move because it was actually checkmate.

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* In an early episode of ''DarkAngel'' ''Series/DarkAngel'' Max and Logan are playing chess. Max makes her move and announces "Check." Logan tries to move, and Max announces that he can't make a move because it was actually checkmate.


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* In Chapter 2 of ''VideoGame/RakenzarnTales'', after beating the chapter's boss, the scene cuts back to the guild where Sonic and Daffy are playing chess. When Daffy thinks he's finally won, Sonic pulls this on him.
18th Feb '16 3:30:25 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': The series finale "End Game" sees Icheb beat Tuvok in a futuristic strategy game with a surprise checkmate. In this case it's meant to show that Tuvok, an expert with a heretofore unbroken winning streak, is starting to suffer from a Vulcan Alzheimer's-type disease.
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