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* Variation in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', with casino and poker motifs.

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* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'': [[TheChessmaster chess-champion]] Kronstein turns out to be a SPECTRE agent, and uses chess analogies in their latest plan to outwit and destroy 007.
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Variation in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', with casino and poker motifs.



* ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''; [[TheChessmaster chess-champion]] Kronstein turns out to be a SPECTRE agent, and uses chess analogies in their latest plan to outwit and destroy Film/JamesBond.

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* In ''Fanfic/NewHopeUniversityMajorInMurder'', Saya Wild, the protagonist and the Ultimate Chess Grandmaster, assigns herself each of her 15 classmates a chess piece to indicate how she sees them, not necessarily their role in the game.
** King: Saya herself.
** Queen: Ashley.
** Rooks: Earl, Barrett and Katy.
** Bishops: Rodrigo, Jane and Rocky.
** Knights: Lucina, JP, Therion and Nicole.
** Pawns: Juliet, Bepi, Morgan and Emily.


* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' King Alined (a one-shot villain) was seen demonstrating his secret plan with the pieces of a chess set (and throwing them when he was thwarted).

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* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' King Alined (a one-shot villain) was seen demonstrating his secret plan with the pieces of a chess set (and throwing them when he was thwarted).


** Lelouch specifically identifies as the Black King, symbolizing his acceptance of corruption and evil in order to bring good. On the other hand, the black king can symbolize Lelouch's {{pride}}, or shall we say arrogance, in that he lets his opponent, the white king, have the first move. Overall, it is a major source of symbolism in the series, as it appears during Lelouch's [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome "Obey Me World" speech]].

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** Lelouch specifically identifies as the Black King, symbolizing his acceptance of corruption and evil in order to bring good. On the other hand, the black king can symbolize Lelouch's {{pride}}, or shall we say arrogance, in that he lets his opponent, the white king, have the first move. Further, just as the king is the most important piece on the board, yet not very effective at taking enemy pieces, Lelouch is a below-average giant robot pilot, his skills little better than a mook's, but he's the glue that holds the Black Knights together and if they lose him, they lose everything. Overall, it is a major source of symbolism in the series, as it appears during Lelouch's [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome "Obey Me World" speech]].


* ''Fanfic/ThePaladinProtocol'': In a case of SmartPeoplePlayChess, Sheldon covertly declares war by means of a game. Also a ShoutOut to the TV Western series 'Paladin - Have Gun, Will Travel'. Described as a 'knight without armour', this gentleman gunslinger had a chess-piece as his calling card. Richard Boone, his actor, once explained it as "Itís a chess piece, the most versatile on the board. It can move in eight different directions, over obstacles, and itís always unexpected"

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* ''Fanfic/ThePaladinProtocol'': In a case of SmartPeoplePlayChess, Sheldon covertly declares war by means of a game. Also a ShoutOut to the TV Western series 'Paladin - Have Gun, Will Travel'. Described as a 'knight without armour', this gentleman gunslinger had a chess-piece as his calling card. Richard Boone, his actor, once explained it as "Itís a chess piece, the most versatile on the board. It can move in eight different directions, over obstacles, and itís always unexpected"



* In ''Series/HaveGunWillTravel'', Paladin's card and the design on his gun holster feature a white knight.

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* In ''Series/HaveGunWillTravel'', Paladin's card and the design on his gun holster feature a white knight. Richard Boone, his actor, once explained it as "Itís a chess piece, the most versatile on the board. It can move in eight different directions, over obstacles, and itís always unexpected"


* ''Fanfic/ThePaladinProtocol'': In a case of SmartPeoplePlayChess, Sheldon covertly declares war by means of a game. Also a ShoutOut to the TV Western series 'Paladin - Have Gun, Will Travel'. Described as a 'knight without armour', this gentleman gunslinger had a chess-piece as his calling card.

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* ''Fanfic/ThePaladinProtocol'': In a case of SmartPeoplePlayChess, Sheldon covertly declares war by means of a game. Also a ShoutOut to the TV Western series 'Paladin - Have Gun, Will Travel'. Described as a 'knight without armour', this gentleman gunslinger had a chess-piece as his calling card. Richard Boone, his actor, once explained it as "Itís a chess piece, the most versatile on the board. It can move in eight different directions, over obstacles, and itís always unexpected"


* ''Videogame/KingdomHearts3'' uses chess boards and chess like pieces to show Master Xehanort planning his moves and there is a lot of black and white squares on character's outfits. However the pieces each one of a kind, topped with a symbol that represents a character(Sora's pieces is topped by his crown, Luxord has his die, etc), and we haven't seen how the pieces move yet.

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* ''Videogame/KingdomHearts3'' ''Videogame/KingdomHeartsIII'' uses chess boards and chess like pieces to show Master Xehanort planning his moves and there is a lot of black and white squares on character's outfits. However the pieces are each one of a kind, topped with a symbol that represents a character(Sora's character (Sora's pieces is topped by his crown, Luxord has his die, etc), and we haven't seen how the pieces move yet.

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* ''Videogame/KingdomHearts3'' uses chess boards and chess like pieces to show Master Xehanort planning his moves and there is a lot of black and white squares on character's outfits. However the pieces each one of a kind, topped with a symbol that represents a character(Sora's pieces is topped by his crown, Luxord has his die, etc), and we haven't seen how the pieces move yet.

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* In ''The Theatre/FarndaleAvenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery'', the show-within-the-show whodunnit uses chess motifs to an exaggerated extent. The setting is a remote country house named Checkmate Manor, decorated with black-and-white check patterns. It is home to the Bishop family, their cousins the Kings and the Rooks, and the butler Pawn and maid Regine. The murderer marks his kills with chess pieces that match the name of the person he kills.


** Lelouch specifically identifies as the Black King, symbolizing his acceptance of corruption and evil in order to bring good. On the other hand, the black king can symbolize Lelouch's {{pride}}, or shall we say arrogance, in that he lets his opponent, the white king, have the first move. Overall, it is a major source of symbolism in the series, as it appears during Lelouch's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "Obey Me World" speech]].

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** Lelouch specifically identifies as the Black King, symbolizing his acceptance of corruption and evil in order to bring good. On the other hand, the black king can symbolize Lelouch's {{pride}}, or shall we say arrogance, in that he lets his opponent, the white king, have the first move. Overall, it is a major source of symbolism in the series, as it appears during Lelouch's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome "Obey Me World" speech]].



** [[FridgeBrilliance Even more interestingly]], Hidan and Kakuzu's names contain the characters for "bishop" and "rook". [[spoiler:Shikamaru [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome manages to outwit and defeat Hidan almost entirely by himself]].]].

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** [[FridgeBrilliance Even more interestingly]], Hidan and Kakuzu's names contain the characters for "bishop" and "rook". [[spoiler:Shikamaru [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome manages to outwit and defeat Hidan almost entirely by himself]].]].



** On the other hand, this trope is also somewhat subverted with Kinzo's constant gambling analogies and Kanon's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome roulette monologue.]]

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** On the other hand, this trope is also somewhat subverted with Kinzo's constant gambling analogies and Kanon's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome roulette monologue.]]


* ''VideoGame/DragonQuest: Manga/DaiNoDaibouken'' introduces the Shinei Kidan (Guardian Knights) roughly halfway through the manga. With the exception of the 'king' Hadler, five of them were animated to life from Vearn's chess pieces; a pawn, knight, rook, bishop, and queen. The fact that they're also made from [[{{Orichalcum}} Orihalcon]] and have unique abilities that are similar to chess rules make them a very formidable [[FiveBadBand Six-Bad Band]].

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* ''VideoGame/DragonQuest: Manga/DaiNoDaibouken'' introduces the Shinei Kidan (Guardian Knights) roughly halfway through the manga. With the exception of the 'king' Hadler, five of them were animated to life from Vearn's chess pieces; a pawn, knight, rook, bishop, and queen. The fact that they're also made from [[{{Orichalcum}} Orihalcon]] and have unique abilities that are similar to chess rules make them a very formidable [[FiveBadBand Six-Bad Band]].group.


** And the trend continues in the ''spinoff'' FightingGame ''Ougon Musou Kyoku'', where the rounds open with 1st movement, 2nd movement, etc, and end with "CHECK MATE!". Very appropiate, considering that [[FridgeBrilliance many players out there see Fighting Games as ''Chess with Reflexes''.]]

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** And the trend continues in the ''spinoff'' FightingGame ''Ougon ''[[VideoGame/UminekoGoldenFantasia Ougon Musou Kyoku'', Kyoku]]'', where the rounds open with 1st movement, 2nd movement, etc, and end with "CHECK MATE!". Very appropiate, considering that [[FridgeBrilliance many players out there see Fighting Games as ''Chess with Reflexes''.]]


* ''VideoGame/MouseHunt'': Zugzwang's tower and associated traps. His name is also a chess term.



-->'''Raz''': "That's your piece?"
-->'''Akira''': "Yeah?"
-->'''Raz''': "Ha! You're a queen."
-->'''Akira''': "Now you're a queen."

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-->'''Raz''': "That's your piece?"
-->'''Akira''': "Yeah?"
-->'''Raz''':
piece?"\\
'''Akira''': "Yeah?"\\
'''Raz''':
"Ha! You're a queen."
-->'''Akira''':
"\\
'''Akira''':
"Now you're a queen."



* Zugzwang's tower and associated traps in ''MouseHunt''.


* "Check Mate", an episode of ''Series/ThePrisoner''.

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* "Check Mate", an episode of ''Series/ThePrisoner''.''Series/ThePrisoner1967''.


* The 2002 movie version of ''Film/TheCountOfMonteCristo''. Edmond and Fernand have a chess king that they trade back and forth when the other has a victory, recognizing the other as "King of the Moment". Edmond explains this to Napoleon Bonaparte, who observes that "In life, we are all either Kings or Pawns."

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* The 2002 movie version of ''Film/TheCountOfMonteCristo''.''Film/TheCountOfMonteCristo2002''. Edmond and Fernand have a chess king that they trade back and forth when the other has a victory, recognizing the other as "King of the Moment". Edmond explains this to Napoleon Bonaparte, who observes that "In life, we are all either Kings or Pawns."

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