But despite being an Idiot Savant, he's not just a great chess player; he's a genius in other, more useful, areas as well.
When forced to play, it turns out Stan is excellent at chess... it just doesn't interest him at all.
Stan is good at both chess and leading real battles, but he constantly nitpicks over all the ways chess is different from actual combat. Stan: "For starters, chess assumes that you can always see your opponent's pieces."
Parodied: Stan entertains himself between decoding ancient Uru etchings by playing tic-tac-toe.
Zig Zagged: Our introduction to Stan is while he's walking his beat in his job as a cop, stopping to converse with his friends playing chess in the park — but we never see him play or talk about the game.
Averted: Stan is a genius, but isn't shown playing chess.
Enforced: The program is produced by Gary Kasparov.
Lampshaded: "Stan's so smart, you can tell he plays chess for fun."
Invoked: Alice gives her son, Stan a chess set for his birthday to help make him smarter, or at least seem smarter.
Exploited: James sets up a chessboard in an interesting puzzle situation to distract Stan from the trap he is about to spring.