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Definition of Checkmate


  1. The position in the game of chess when a king is in check and cannot be released, -- which ends the game.
  2. A complete check; utter defeat or overthrow.
  3. To check (an adversary's king) in such a manner that escape in impossible; to defeat (an adversary) by putting his king in check from which there is no escape.
  4. To defeat completely; to terminate; to thwart.

Checkmate Quotations

If I allow the fact that I am a Negro to checkmate my will to do, now, I will inevitably form the habit of being defeated.
Paul Williams

Whoever sees no other aim in the game than that of giving checkmate to one's opponent will never become a good Chess player.
Max Euwe

When neither party can give checkmate, the game is drawn.
Howard Staunton

If you look at the democratic process as a game of chess, there have to be many, many moves before you get to checkmate. And simply because you do not make any checkmate in three moves does not mean it's stalemate. There's a vast difference between no checkmate and stalemate. This is what the democratic process is like.
Aung San Suu Kyi
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Checkmate Translations

checkmate in French is mat
checkmate in German is Schachmatt
checkmate in Hungarian is sakk-matt
checkmate in Spanish is jaque mate
checkmate in Swedish is schack och matt, besegra
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