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10th Jun '18 11:23:42 PM PaulA
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* Joan Ferguson of ''Series/Wentworth'' spends whole seasons crafting elaborate plots and most of them being largely successful. In season 5, she is often seen playing chess and eventually comes to carry around one of the pieces with her around the prison.

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* Joan Ferguson of ''Series/Wentworth'' ''Series/{{Wentworth}}'' spends whole seasons crafting elaborate plots and most of them being largely successful. In season 5, she is often seen playing chess and eventually comes to carry around one of the pieces with her around the prison.prison.
* The Russian spymaster Igor Panin in the Cold War spy drama ''Chessgame'', based on the spy thrillers of Creator/AnthonyPrice.
29th May '18 1:51:31 AM LordEpsilon
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** However, it's [[spoiler: Alex who turns out to be the real chessmaster with a brilliantly planned and executed strategy that incorporates elements of Xanatos Speed Chess.]]

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** However, it's [[spoiler: Alex who turns out to be the real chessmaster with a brilliantly planned and executed strategy that incorporates elements of Xanatos Speed Chess.]]XanatosSpeedChess]].



*** [[spoiler: Alex plays the tough Deadpan Snarker while undergoing physical torture, but later - after Washington brings up her tragic CIA history and suggests FemalesAreMoreInnocent and can't compartmentalise - she pretends to break.]]
*** [[spoiler: Alex lets Mr. Washington see a brush pass exchange with an accomplice, pretending to be sloppy because of her injury. In reality this is an intentional DivideAndConquer strategy that forces Washington to split his team up and send a henchman after the other woman, thus leaving himself more vulnerable.]]
*** [[spoiler: Alex pretends to be reluctant to open the airport storage locker, making Washington think it's a trap. When he threatens to inform a security guard, Alex appears to give in. She continues the bluff by hesitating several times while opening the locker and metal case inside. Only when Washington is convinced it's safe does he instruct his henchwoman to retrieve the data drive. Of course it was never there, and the case does contain a bomb after all.]]

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*** [[spoiler: Alex plays the tough Deadpan Snarker DeadpanSnarker while undergoing physical torture, but later - after Washington brings up her tragic CIA history and suggests FemalesAreMoreInnocent and can't compartmentalise - she pretends to break.break, fooling him into thinking he has the upper hand.]]
*** [[spoiler: Alex lets Mr. Washington see a brush pass exchange with an accomplice, pretending to be sloppy because of her an injury. In reality this is an intentional DivideAndConquer strategy that forces Washington to split his team up and send a henchman after the other woman, accomplice, thus leaving himself more vulnerable.]]
*** [[spoiler: Alex pretends to be reluctant to open the airport a storage locker, making Washington think it's a trap. When he threatens to inform a security guard, Alex appears to give in. She continues the bluff by hesitating several times while opening the locker and metal case inside. Only when Washington is convinced it's safe does he instruct his henchwoman to retrieve the data drive. Of course it was never there, and the case really does contain a bomb after all.bomb.]]



--> [[spoiler: '''Alex:''' I had to let you catch me, otherwise this wouldn't have worked.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Mr. Washington:''' You... [[MagnificentBastard MAGNIFICENT BITCH!]] ]]

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--> ---> [[spoiler: '''Alex:''' I had to let you catch me, otherwise this wouldn't have worked.]]
--> ---> [[spoiler: '''Mr. Washington:''' You... [[MagnificentBastard MAGNIFICENT BITCH!]] ]]
]]



--> [[spoiler: '''Alex:''' Queen to bishop five. Checkmate.]]

*** [[spoiler: As the Coup de Grâce Alex sets up Mr. Washington one last time, making him think she's hidden ''something else'' behind his tie. When he instinctively reaches to check, all Alex has to do is provoke the nervy police into firing.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Alex:''' Gun!]]

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--> ---> [[spoiler: '''Alex:''' Queen to bishop five. Checkmate.]]

]]
*** [[spoiler: As the Coup de Grâce Alex sets up Mr. Washington one last time, making him think she's hidden ''something else'' behind his tie. When he instinctively reaches to check, all Alex has to do is provoke the nervy police into firing.]]
--> ---> [[spoiler: '''Alex:''' Gun!]]
29th May '18 1:41:03 AM LordEpsilon
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* ''Film/{{Momentum|2015}}'': Near the end of the movie assassin Mr. Washington attempts to recover a data drive from Alex Faraday, an ex-CIA operative turned thief.
** Mr. Washington plays chess and fancies himself a master. He prides himself on being GenreSavvy and outsmarting clever opponents, and knows what tactics to employ to gain their co-operation. While interrogating a captured Alex he challenges her to a match. She refuses.
--> '''Mr. Washington:''' You might want to rethink this whole chess thing. It's good for people in our line of work. This situation - that's what we call check.
** However, it's [[spoiler: Alex who turns out to be the real chessmaster with a brilliantly planned and executed strategy that incorporates elements of Xanatos Speed Chess.]]
*** [[spoiler: Prior to her capture (which is part of her plan), Alex plants the data drive on ''Mr. Washington himself'' during a struggle, using his tie as a hiding place. This ensures the drive will remain hidden, but always be close by.]]
*** [[spoiler: Alex plays the tough Deadpan Snarker while undergoing physical torture, but later - after Washington brings up her tragic CIA history and suggests FemalesAreMoreInnocent and can't compartmentalise - she pretends to break.]]
*** [[spoiler: Alex lets Mr. Washington see a brush pass exchange with an accomplice, pretending to be sloppy because of her injury. In reality this is an intentional DivideAndConquer strategy that forces Washington to split his team up and send a henchman after the other woman, thus leaving himself more vulnerable.]]
*** [[spoiler: Alex pretends to be reluctant to open the airport storage locker, making Washington think it's a trap. When he threatens to inform a security guard, Alex appears to give in. She continues the bluff by hesitating several times while opening the locker and metal case inside. Only when Washington is convinced it's safe does he instruct his henchwoman to retrieve the data drive. Of course it was never there, and the case does contain a bomb after all.]]
*** Lampshaded in a post-reveal exchange.
--> [[spoiler: '''Alex:''' I had to let you catch me, otherwise this wouldn't have worked.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Mr. Washington:''' You... [[MagnificentBastard MAGNIFICENT BITCH!]] ]]

*** And even more explicit lampshading later.
--> [[spoiler: '''Alex:''' Queen to bishop five. Checkmate.]]

*** [[spoiler: As the Coup de Grâce Alex sets up Mr. Washington one last time, making him think she's hidden ''something else'' behind his tie. When he instinctively reaches to check, all Alex has to do is provoke the nervy police into firing.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Alex:''' Gun!]]
17th May '18 6:51:21 AM Rebu
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* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' parodies this trope:
--->'''Calvin:''' "Ah, you've fallen right into my trap! Perhaps you'd like to take that move over?"

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* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' parodies this trope:
trope, with checkers. Hobbes obliterates Calvin's pieces in one series of jumps, and Calvin spends a few panels staring blankly at the board.
--->'''Calvin:''' "Ah, "[[BlatantLies Ah, you've fallen right into my trap! trap!]] Perhaps you'd like to take that move over?"
8th Apr '18 7:30:00 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in ''Market Forces'' by Richard Morgan, a 2004 sci-fi novel in which CorruptCorporateExecutive types battle for promotion by fighting MadMax-style road duels. The protagonist Chris Faulkner has been manipulated into a fatal road duel with his friend Mike Bryant (a more skilled driver) in order to eliminate them both as potential rivals. In a JustBetweenYouAndMe moment the antagonist derides Faulkner and Bryant's chess hobby, pointing out that its restricted field and strict rules make the game useless training for real life.

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* Subverted in ''Market Forces'' by Richard Morgan, a 2004 sci-fi novel in which CorruptCorporateExecutive types battle for promotion by fighting MadMax-style ''Film/MadMax''-style road duels. The protagonist Chris Faulkner has been manipulated into a fatal road duel with his friend Mike Bryant (a more skilled driver) in order to eliminate them both as potential rivals. In a JustBetweenYouAndMe moment the antagonist derides Faulkner and Bryant's chess hobby, pointing out that its restricted field and strict rules make the game useless training for real life.
25th Mar '18 7:06:24 AM Euodiachloris
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** Tyrion Lannister is a great ''cyvasse''-player, and has his moments of setting things up, including losing a few weeks' worth of ''cyvasse'' games on purpose so he could gamble and important piece of information after his opponent grows cocky.

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** Tyrion Lannister is a great ''cyvasse''-player, and has his moments of setting things up, including losing a few weeks' worth of actual ''cyvasse'' games on purpose so he could gamble and successfully for an important piece of information after his opponent grows cocky.rather too cocky. However, in the grander scheme of things, Tyrion's political game often gets stomped on within the massive GambitPileup that the Seven Kingdoms becomes. Mostly its not due to his own fault, but sometimes it can be because 1) he couldn't keep his mouth shut and 2) having to trust the wrong people thanks to having few right ones to turn to (despite knowing they're not reliable).
12th Mar '18 10:55:45 AM Lopiny
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', Dr. Bowman says that another character keeps losing to him because he can't see five moves ahead.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', Dr. Bowman says that another character keeps losing to him because he can't see five moves ahead. The "several moves ahead" matter applies to the rest of Bowman's plans, since every last hang-up, problem and unforeseen consequence his project might have ran into had already been covered before anyone even considered the possibility it might come up, and even end up covering the problems he couldn't have thought of (like Kornada's scheme, foiled by one of his creations).
18th Jan '18 1:17:23 PM Wyldchyld
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[[folder: Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has Cinder Fall, the BigBad of seasons 2 and 3. She manipulated all events surrounding the Vytal Tournament using a virus that spread through Beacon's network, therefore spreading to the Atlesian Army's Network, from there, she was able to choose every fight that would happen while manipulating the characters around her. The virus she used had the image of the queen piece of a chess game.
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1st Jan '18 2:26:41 AM jormis29
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** Inspired in part by ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'' and ''The Glass Key'', or ''Red Harvest''.
*** Retold in Creator/TheCoenBrothers' ''MillersCrossing''.

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** Inspired in part by ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'' and ''The Glass Key'', ''Literature/TheGlassKey'', or ''Red Harvest''.
*** Retold in Creator/TheCoenBrothers' ''MillersCrossing''.''Film/MillersCrossing''.
11th Dec '17 6:50:40 PM Exusia
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* One of the bounties in ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', appropriately named Chessmaster Hex. He set up a revenge plot for a company he worked for by supplying plans for defrauding their customers to several dozen random people on the internet (and provided each of them with a chess piece so the company would know he was behind it). The twist is that he set it up fifty years ago to just happen now and he has since become a senile old man that just plays chess online all day.

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* One of the bounties in ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', appropriately named Chessmaster Hex. He set up a revenge plot for a company he worked for by supplying plans for defrauding their customers to several dozen random people on the internet (and provided each of them with a chess piece so the company would know he was behind it). The twist is that he set it up fifty years ago to just happen now and he has since become a senile old man that just plays chess online all day. Despite his senility, he still plays a mean game of chess, and his match with Ed lasts ''a week'' before Hex puts her in checkmate.
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