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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.
10th Nov '17 4:19:18 PM DaleAndrew
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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.
26th Sep '17 11:31:47 AM SwampAdder
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* Though he is seldom thought of that way, Gandalf of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' has a little bit of the Chessmaster in him. He uses the whole war of the ring as a gambit to get Frodo close to Mt. Doom, and describes it in chess terms, referring to Pippin as a pawn who was as likely to see as much of the action as the other pieces on the board. If we look at it that way, the whole War of the Ring is a conflict between two spectacularly skillful chessmasters, Gandalf and Sauron. Sauron may be slightly better on the whole, but Gandalf is good enough to take skillful advantage of his [[EvilCannotComprehendGood one weakness]].
** Gandalf's ulterior motive for organizing the Thirteen Dwarves and Bilbo's expedition in ''Literature/TheHobbit''. He needed to do several things: investigate reports of Sauron's rise to power over Mirkwood, defeat a dragon that Sauron could bend to his will and use in the war, re-establish the strong Human and Dwarfish kingdoms of the area, and get everybody allied with each other, so that they could repel an invasion from the east that would allow Sauron to flank and crush Gondor. In the end, [[spoiler:Smaug was killed, Sauron was driven to Mordor, and gave the world warning of his impending arrival, The Battle of Five Armies greatly weakened the Orc's presence in the north, and the Kingdoms of Dale and Erebor were re-established]]. This gambit would work beautifully during the War of the Ring, as the force of Easterlings and Orcs that actually made it through the north alive was ''much'' reduced.
** This bit of Gandalf's {{chessmaster}}y is not at all clear in ''Literature/TheHobbit'', is described a little in Appendix A to ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', and then is laid out plainly in ''Literature/UnfinishedTales'':
--->'''Thorin:''' You are playing some crooked game of your own, Master Gandalf. I am sure that you have other purposes than helping me.
--->'''Gandalf:''' You are quite right. If I had no other purposes, I should not be helping you at all. Great as your affairs may seem to you, they are only a small strand in the great web. I am concerned with many strands. But that should make my advice more weighty, not less.

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* Though he is seldom thought of that way, In [[Literature/TolkiensLegendarium Tolkien's Legendarium]], Gandalf is a bit of a chessmaster. Sent to Middle-earth [[AngelUnaware in the form of an old man]] and forbidden from showing his power openly, he mostly brings about Sauron's downfall by exerting strategic influence on various key players opposed to Mordor. At one point in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' has a little bit of the Chessmaster in him. He uses the whole war of the ring as a gambit to get Frodo close to Mt. Doom, and he describes it in the approaching war as a chess terms, referring to Pippin as a pawn who was as game ("And pawns are likely to see as much of the action it as the other pieces on the board. If we look at it that way, the whole War any, Peregrin son of the Ring is a conflict between two spectacularly skillful chessmasters, Gandalf and Sauron. Sauron may be slightly better on the whole, but Gandalf is good enough to take skillful advantage Paladin, soldier of his [[EvilCannotComprehendGood one weakness]].
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Gondor. Sharpen your blade!") Gandalf's ulterior motive chessmaster qualities are also highlighted in "The Quest of Erebor", a narrative account (intended for organizing the Thirteen Dwarves and Bilbo's expedition in ''Literature/TheHobbit''. He needed to do several things: investigate reports of Sauron's rise to power over Mirkwood, defeat a dragon that Sauron could bend to his will and use inclusion in the war, re-establish [=LotR=] appendices but cut for space) of how Gandalf and Thorin came to arrange the strong Human and Dwarfish kingdoms of journey to the area, and get everybody allied with each other, so that they could repel an invasion from the east that would allow Sauron to flank and crush Gondor. In the end, [[spoiler:Smaug was killed, Sauron was driven to Mordor, and gave the world warning of his impending arrival, The Battle of Five Armies greatly weakened the Orc's presence Lonely Mountain in the north, and the Kingdoms of Dale and Erebor were re-established]]. This gambit would work beautifully during the War of the Ring, as the force of Easterlings and Orcs that actually made it through the north alive was ''much'' reduced.
** This bit of Gandalf's {{chessmaster}}y is not at all clear in ''Literature/TheHobbit'', is described a little in Appendix A to ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', and then is laid out plainly in ''Literature/UnfinishedTales'':
--->'''Thorin:'''
''Literature/TheHobbit''.
--> '''Thorin:'''
You are playing some crooked game of your own, Master Gandalf. I am sure that you have other purposes than helping me.
--->'''Gandalf:''' --> '''Gandalf:''' You are quite right. If I had no other purposes, I should not be helping you at all. Great as your affairs may seem to you, they are only a small strand in the great web. I am concerned with many strands. But that should make my advice more weighty, not less.
24th Sep '17 9:19:50 AM nombretomado
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** Sun-Tzu in particular actually does play chess on what can be safely assumed to be a fairly high level and uses the occasional chess comparison or metaphor, as seen in the novel ''[[BattleTechExpandedUniverse Highlander Gambit]]''.

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** Sun-Tzu in particular actually does play chess on what can be safely assumed to be a fairly high level and uses the occasional chess comparison or metaphor, as seen in the novel ''[[BattleTechExpandedUniverse ''[[Franchise/BattleTechExpandedUniverse Highlander Gambit]]''.
21st Aug '17 3:02:05 AM Silverblade2
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* In ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker has spent his year-long absence becoming this. The ''Catwoman'' story even shows the chess motif!

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* In ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker has spent his year-long absence becoming this. The ''Catwoman'' story even shows the chess motif!
14th Jun '17 9:14:41 PM EspeonArcaninePines
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*[[WesternAnimation/GravityFalls Bill Cipher]] engineered events for at least the last thirty years, all to complete his plan of [[spoiler:merging his world with the real world, freeing him and his other nightmare demons]]. This was just the final and first successfully completed plan in a long line of plans executed since, presumably, [[spoiler: the beginning of the universe.]] Previous plans included [[spoiler: convincing a shaman to try and build a portal long before it was technologically feasible. When the shaman found Bill out, he set himself on fire ("DRAMA QUEEN"). Also, the original intention for Ford's portal was simply a gateway for Bill and Co. to pass through which Ford thought was for his own research purposes. After Ford spent thirty years in various dimensions, breaking the Rift the portal created upon his return became the new plan.]] As a VisualPun, he's seen playing chess with [[spoiler: Ford]]. [[spoiler: Ford]] also writes in code in the journal after he discover's Bill's trickery, "INTERDIMENSIONAL CHESS ISN'T FUN WHEN YOU'RE A PAWN."
20th May '17 3:00:45 PM nombretomado
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* A character called 'A Friend' in ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', who sends the main character e-mail containing chess metaphors on how the plot is turning, is very likely the man behind the plot; namely [[spoiler: the taxi driver]]. Fans have written everything short of academic essays on this guy.

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* A character called 'A Friend' in ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', who sends the main character e-mail containing chess metaphors on how the plot is turning, is very likely the man behind the plot; namely [[spoiler: the taxi driver]]. Fans have written everything short of academic essays on this guy.
16th May '17 4:31:36 PM nombretomado
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* Windom Earle of ''TwinPeaks'' is in an ongoing chess game with Coop. Every time Coop loses a piece, Earle kills someone.

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* Windom Earle of ''TwinPeaks'' ''Series/TwinPeaks'' is in an ongoing chess game with Coop. Every time Coop loses a piece, Earle kills someone.
7th May '17 4:08:46 PM nombretomado
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* Arcturus Mengsk from ''{{Starcraft}}''. He plays the Confederates and Zerg off one another to put himself in charge. In the novel ''Liberty's Crusade'' he is shown as a avid chess player, complete with a chess set in his command center. Towards the end, when his plans start falling apart, the chess set gets thrown across the room, [[spoiler: although Kerrigan does the actual kicking for him.]]

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* Arcturus Mengsk from ''{{Starcraft}}''.''VideoGame/StarCraft''. He plays the Confederates and Zerg off one another to put himself in charge. In the novel ''Liberty's Crusade'' he is shown as a avid chess player, complete with a chess set in his command center. Towards the end, when his plans start falling apart, the chess set gets thrown across the room, [[spoiler: although Kerrigan does the actual kicking for him.]]
4th Apr '17 6:11:07 PM nombretomado
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* The yugoloths, a race of neutral evil fiends in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', were typically cast as executing secret, evil schemes across time and ''the {{multiverse}}'', particularly in their most fleshed out appearances in the 2nd Edition ''{{Planescape}}'' campaign setting. In one source book, an illustration (by the impeccable hand of Tony DiTerlizzi), a pair of arcanoloths, the most ''AffablyEvil'' of these fiends, are shown playing chess with pieces that resemble other races from the setting.

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* The yugoloths, a race of neutral evil fiends in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', were typically cast as executing secret, evil schemes across time and ''the {{multiverse}}'', particularly in their most fleshed out appearances in the 2nd Edition ''{{Planescape}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' campaign setting. In one source book, an illustration (by the impeccable hand of Tony DiTerlizzi), a pair of arcanoloths, the most ''AffablyEvil'' of these fiends, are shown playing chess with pieces that resemble other races from the setting.
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