What is checkmate?

  • (noun): Complete victory.
    See also — Additional definitions below


Checkmate (frequently shortened to mate) is a situation in chess (and in other boardgames of the chaturanga family) in which one player's king is threatened with capture (in check) and there is no way to meet that threat. Or, simply put, the king is under direct attack and cannot avoid being captured. Delivering checkmate is the ultimate goal in chess: a player who is checkmated loses the game. In normal chess the king is never actually captured – the game ends as soon as the king is checkmated because checkmate leaves the defensive player with no legal moves. In practice, most players resign an inevitably lost game before being checkmated. It is considered bad etiquette to continue playing in a completely hopeless position (Burgess 2000:481).

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Some articles on checkmate:

Shogi Strategy And Tactics - End Game
... Kings are more difficult to checkmate in the open, especially if the opponent does not have many ranged pieces in play ... In the endgame, it comes down to a race over who can checkmate the opponent first ... By counting the number of moves until checkmate (assuming the opponent doesn't get to move) for both Black and White, this will help to influence decisions on whether to attack or defend ...
Checkmate (The Prisoner)
... List of The Prisoner episodes "Checkmate" is the ninth episode of the television series The Prisoner as its title suggests, the plot centres around ... Checkmate received the highest viewership of any of the series' episodes on its first UK broadcast ...
Mademoiselle Marie - Fictional Character Biography - Legacy
... Josephine Tautin, introduced in Checkmate Vol. 2, #5, uses the name in her capacity as the member of Checkmate known as Black Queen's Knight ... background as yet, save that she was the only Knight candidate able to pass Checkmate's admission tests by displaying sufficient cold-bloodedness ...
Rare Checkmate Positions - Unusual Checkmate Positions
... in which a king and a knight can checkmate a king and a bishop, knight, or rook or a king and a bishop can checkmate a king with a bishop on the other color ... being ruled a draw because of "insufficient mating material" or "impossibility of checkmate" under the FIDE rules of chess ... a b c d e f g h 1 ... a b c d e f g h Checkmate, but cannot be forced Pandolfini a b c d e f g h 1 ... a b c d e f g h Checkmate, but ...
Monika Soćko - Rules Appeal in 2008
... having only a king and a knight in which a checkmate position is possible but cannot be forced ... Since checkmate cannot be forced with this material, the arbiter initially ruled that the game was a draw, therefore her opponent advanced to the next round ... state that what matters is not whether or not checkmate can be forced, but rather it is possible ...

More definitions of "checkmate":

  • (verb): Place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game.
    Synonyms: mate
  • (noun): A chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king.
    Synonyms: mate