History YMMV / Chess

4th May '17 7:19:51 AM Ramidel
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* AnnoyingVideoGameHelper:
** The famous ''smothered mate'' where a single knight forces a king into a corner, surrounded by its own "protective" pieces who block out all escape squares, allowing this beautiful (and somewhat embarrassing) checkmate. There are countless other checkmates where the King's only escape(s) are blocked by its own pieces, the most common of which (among relative novices) is that of the King being mated by an opposing Queen or Rook on the back rank because he's hemmed in by the three pawns in front of him.
** This is also part of why beginning players tend to be cavalier about discarding their pawns: why waste a turn on them when you could be using it to deploy your more powerful pieces? Oh, right: because they're ''in the way''.
27th Apr '17 7:47:38 PM modgethanc
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** A blocked bishop is traditionally seen as useless since it's hemmed in by pawns and can barely move, let alone attack anything. But a different point of view is that it can be a useful way to shore up a critical pawn structure.
20th Apr '17 6:22:27 AM kasperow
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** The entire "Opening Ceremony".
29th Mar '17 12:21:30 PM JohnPrestwick
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**A similar case could be said with the "Rook". It looks like a castle, not a bird! (It comes form the Persian word for castle) Some players do call it a "Castle", also note the term castling and the fact most other languages call it a "tower" of something similar.
3rd Feb '17 5:20:04 AM LukeSurl
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* ViewerSpeciesConfusion: The piece that moves in an L-shape and jumps sure looks like a horse in most chess sets, but English-speaking players insist that its a "Knight". However most other languages are more [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin straightforward]] and call this piece by their words for "horse".
27th Nov '16 10:10:22 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* NeverSayDie[=/=]NobodyCanDie: depending on your perspective. Despite it being a strategy game with allusions to battle, your pieces (excluding, played properly, the king) are said to be "captured" but never "killed" when removed from play. However, since said pieces are invariably returned to the board for future games (which if we were pretending it was RealLife, would make no sense if they were "dead"), this terminology is justified.
10th Nov '16 8:49:50 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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** [[DarkIsNotEvil Poor, maligned Black:]] just minding his business on the other side of the demilitarized zone until one day White stages a surprise attack and leaves him with no choice but to [[OccupiersOutOfOurCountry defend his homeland]] with violence. When will White be taken to account for his crimes against chess pieces? There is no justice in this board.

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** [[DarkIsNotEvil Poor, maligned Black:]] just minding his business on the other side of the demilitarized zone until one day White [[LightIsNotGood White]] stages a surprise attack and leaves him with no choice but to [[OccupiersOutOfOurCountry defend his homeland]] with violence. When will White be taken to account for his crimes against chess pieces? There is no justice in this board.
10th Nov '16 8:49:31 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:

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** See the entry for AlternateCharacterInterpretation above. The latter interpretation leaves Anatoly as an even bigger a-hole than Freddie, so naturally the fangirls are gonna set about making him even more sympathetic.

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** See the entry for AlternateCharacterInterpretation AlternativeCharacterInterpretation above. The latter interpretation leaves Anatoly as an even bigger a-hole than Freddie, so naturally the fangirls are gonna set about making him even more sympathetic.
10th Nov '16 8:48:02 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Anatoly Sergievsky--troubled AntiHero pulled apart by the demands of everyone in his life who eventually decides to stand up for himself? Or a spoiled JerkAss whose great success and beautiful family aren't enough, so he abandons the latter, and eventually admits his first obligation is to himself?

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Anatoly Sergievsky--troubled AntiHero pulled apart by the demands of everyone in his life who eventually decides to stand up for himself? Or a spoiled JerkAss whose great success and beautiful family aren't enough, so he abandons the latter, and eventually admits his first obligation is to himself?
26th Oct '16 2:10:52 PM Gemser
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* UnwinnableByInsanity: Underpromotion allows for this. If a player underpromotes to a knight or a bishop in a king and paws vs. king endgame, the game is immediately unwinnable (ends in a draw), because there are no possible moves to checkmate the king.

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* UnwinnableByInsanity: Underpromotion allows for this. If a player underpromotes to a knight or a bishop in a king and paws pawn vs. king endgame, the game is immediately unwinnable (ends in a draw), because there are no possible moves to checkmate the king.
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