History YMMV / Chess

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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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:



** 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.
26th Oct '16 2:03:51 PM Gemser
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* UnwinnableByInsanity: A stalemate occurs if the player whose turn it is cannot make any legal moves, but his king is not in check. This usually only occurs said player has no chessmen left except pawns and king (and thus is losing). It takes a certain amount of insanity to capture most of your opponent's pieces, put the rest of them in such a position that they can't make any legal moves, and NOT put the king in check. But if said opponent is crafty, his strategy in that position may very well be to get himself stalemated to snatch a draw out of the jaws of defeat.

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* UnwinnableByInsanity: A stalemate occurs if the Underpromotion allows for this. If a player whose turn it is cannot make any legal moves, but his underpromotes to a knight or a bishop in a king is not in check. This usually only occurs said player has no chessmen left except pawns and paws vs. king (and thus is losing). It takes a certain amount of insanity to capture most of your opponent's pieces, put endgame, the rest of them game is immediately unwinnable (ends in such a position that they can't make any legal moves, and NOT put draw), because there are no possible moves to checkmate the king in check. But if said opponent is crafty, his strategy in that position may very well be to get himself stalemated to snatch a draw out of the jaws of defeat.
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24th Jul '16 6:11:20 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: In Shogi (a Japanese chess variant), the "king" has also been viewed as representing the children of that player's color -- the future, if you will. Referenced in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
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In Shogi (a Japanese chess variant), the "king" has also been viewed as representing the children of that player's color -- the future, if you will. Referenced in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.



* 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''.



* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Having evolved in India, the Middle East and Southern Europe, modern chess has been dominated by Russians.

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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff:
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Having evolved in India, the Middle East and Southern Europe, modern chess has been dominated by Russians.



* NightmareFuel: Some of the neuroses, pathological behaviors and/or full-fledged psychoses suffered later in life by many historical masters invites the question of just what impact long-term intense study of the game has on the human psyche.

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* NightmareFuel: NightmareFuel:
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Some of the neuroses, pathological behaviors and/or full-fledged psychoses suffered later in life by many historical masters invites the question of just what impact long-term intense study of the game has on the human psyche.



* ScrappyMechanic: Explaining castling to a new player can get pretty daunting. Even in intermediate play a lot of confusion can still occur as to what is or isn't a legal castling scenario.

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* ScrappyMechanic: ScrappyMechanic:
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Explaining castling to a new player can get pretty daunting. Even in intermediate play a lot of confusion can still occur as to what is or isn't a legal castling scenario.



* StopHelpingMe[=/=]SurroundedByIdiots: 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''.
* TearJerker: Bobby Fischer's breakdown.

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* StopHelpingMe[=/=]SurroundedByIdiots: 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''.
%% * TearJerker: Bobby Fischer's breakdown.
19th Apr '16 8:36:52 AM NemesisKane
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** Depending on the version, "Pity the Child" can be one of these, especially if you are/were a child of a broken home yourself.



** Svetlana and Florence can be this, especially in "I Know Him So Well."

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** Svetlana and Florence can be this, especially in "I Know Him So Well."
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25th Sep '15 6:53:27 AM ATK
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** To put this in perspective; the 2010 World Championship (India's Viswanathan Anand vs. Bulgaria's Veselin Topalov) was the first championship since ''1921'' to have no Russian-born participant.
22nd Aug '15 5:03:18 PM ThallianGold
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* DesignatedHero: Deconstructed. Freddie is a DecoyProtagonist in some advertising, with Florence as the actual protagonist. Florence is still an adulterer who's arguably committing treason.


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** "Nobody's Side" is Florence's HeroicBSOD. It's also her LeitMotif. [[FridgeHorror Let that sink in.]]
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