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Chessmasters can occasionally be TheStrategist, although given the volatility of war, most Strategists will only ply their schemes one campaign at a time, with an emphasis on short-term goals (and an eye towards all possible future contingencies). The GameMaster may be a Chessmaster also, but many of them prefer to give their orders more directly. Many chessmasters are [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Villains With Good Publicity]], but they can also be [[MilkmanConspiracy someone no one has ever heard of]]. Almost all [[AncientConspiracy Ancient Conspiracies]] are led by a [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness collective of chessmasters]], silently working toward their goals over generations. Chessmasters also tend to be [[SmugSnake overconfident]] and usually [[VillainousBreakdown panic]] when their [[DidntSeeThatComing "perfect" plans fail]]--unless they [[OminousAdversarialAmusement just start laughing]] instead. This is also usually averted when MagnificentBastard and Chessmaster overlap, since a MagnificentBastard is quite good at [[XanatosSpeedChess rebounding]] [[LetNoCrisisGoToWaste from defeat]]. Fond of a BattleOfWits.

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Chessmasters can occasionally or can always denoted be TheStrategist, although given the volatility of war, most Strategists will only ply their schemes one campaign at a time, with an emphasis on short-term goals (and an eye towards all possible future contingencies). The GameMaster may be a Chessmaster also, but many of them prefer to give their orders more directly. Many chessmasters are [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Villains With Good Publicity]], but they can also be [[MilkmanConspiracy someone no one has ever heard of]]. Almost all [[AncientConspiracy Ancient Conspiracies]] are led by a [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness collective of chessmasters]], silently working toward their goals over generations. Chessmasters also tend to be [[SmugSnake overconfident]] and usually [[VillainousBreakdown panic]] when their [[DidntSeeThatComing "perfect" plans fail]]--unless they [[OminousAdversarialAmusement just start laughing]] instead. This is also usually averted when MagnificentBastard and Chessmaster overlap, since a MagnificentBastard is quite good at [[XanatosSpeedChess rebounding]] [[LetNoCrisisGoToWaste from defeat]]. Fond of a BattleOfWits.


The Chessmaster gets his/her name from his/her ability to manipulate events (that is, they cause events to develop in the way they want in order to produce a desired result through planning them out) as if they were pieces on a chessboard. Chessmasters tug at their strings of influence, patiently move their pieces into places that often seem harmless or pointless until the trap is closed, and get [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter innocent]] {{Unwitting Pawn}}s ([[ChessMotifs who else?]]) to do all the heavy lifting. The best will also have [[KansasCityShuffle layers upon layers of misdirection]] [[XanatosGambit and backup plans]] in case some unexpected hero appears to [[SpannerInTheWorks gum up the works]].

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The Chessmaster gets his/her their name from his/her their ability to manipulate events (that is, they cause events to develop in the way they want in order to produce a desired result through planning them out) as if they were pieces on a chessboard. Chessmasters tug at their strings of influence, patiently move their pieces into places that often seem harmless or pointless until the trap is closed, and get [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter innocent]] {{Unwitting Pawn}}s ([[ChessMotifs who else?]]) to do all the heavy lifting. The best will also have [[KansasCityShuffle layers upon layers of misdirection]] [[XanatosGambit and backup plans]] in case some unexpected hero appears to [[SpannerInTheWorks gum up the works]].


The Chessmaster gets his/her name from his/her ability to manipulate people and events as if they were pieces on a chessboard as well as an ability to "think three moves ahead." Chessmasters tug at their strings of influence, patiently move their pieces into places that often seem harmless or pointless until the trap is closed, and get [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter innocent]] {{Unwitting Pawn}}s ([[ChessMotifs who else?]]) to do all the heavy lifting. The best will also have [[KansasCityShuffle layers upon layers of misdirection]] [[XanatosGambit and backup plans]] in case some unexpected hero appears to [[SpannerInTheWorks gum up the works]].

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The Chessmaster gets his/her name from his/her ability to manipulate people and events (that is, they cause events to develop in the way they want in order to produce a desired result through planning them out) as if they were pieces on a chessboard as well as an ability to "think three moves ahead." chessboard. Chessmasters tug at their strings of influence, patiently move their pieces into places that often seem harmless or pointless until the trap is closed, and get [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter innocent]] {{Unwitting Pawn}}s ([[ChessMotifs who else?]]) to do all the heavy lifting. The best will also have [[KansasCityShuffle layers upon layers of misdirection]] [[XanatosGambit and backup plans]] in case some unexpected hero appears to [[SpannerInTheWorks gum up the works]].





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* The song ''You're Gonna Go Far Kid'' by Music/TheOffspring talks about a chessmaster. ''Another clever word/sets off an unsuspecting herd/And as you step back into line/a mob jumps to their feet...''.
** Regrettably, people mistake it for a song about fighting by taking the line "hit 'em right between the eyes"
** There are many theories that the chessmaster from the song is none other then Jack from ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies''. "Turning all against the one" is the best evidence of this, referring to how Jack turned everyone against Ralph. Other parts of the song refer to Simon, "and no one even knew, it was really only you" referring to his death at the hands of Jack and the other boys, thinking he was a monster.
* Music/OingoBoingo's song (released as a single under Creator/DannyElfman's name) "Gratitude."
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* Puerto Rican Wrestler Ray Gonzalez's gimmick is that he's a chessmaster (and a good one at that).
* WWE Wrestler Wrestling/WadeBarrett had this as his gimmick as the leader of the PowerStable called Wrestling/TheNexus, his "endgame" being winning the WWE Championship. He planned situations masterfully, even exploiting BoringInvincibleHero Wrestling/JohnCena's HonorBeforeReason and HotBlooded nature alongside the occasional NoHoldsBarredBeatdown
* Wrestling/MickFoley of all people was revealed to be one in Wrestling/{{TNA}}. He worked his way silently up into the Network as an executive behind Immortal's back, using his position to make them ScrewedByTheNetwork at every turn. When he finally reveals this, they're dumbstruck because he was the last person they'd expect. On May 26th, Hogan believes he's outsmarted Foley and got the Network to give him control again during a meeting the previous week. However, while Hogan is celebrating both that and Eric destroying the X Division, Foley comes out and reveals that after Hogan left, Foley took over the meeting. The end result was the Network furious at Immortal again and giving Foley the authority to revive the X Division. He even found a loophole to give him control of the PPV because the Network funds them.
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