|This isn't checkmate (I think), but it's a classy looking game of chess nonetheless|
(photo by Tristan Martin)
Interjection, noun, adjective & verb. Middle English.
[Aphetic from Old French eschec mat = Provençal escac mat, from Arabic šāh māt(a) šāh māt
But, no, it wasn't to be. A dodgy internet connection while travelling through Romania means it was me that was left frustrated and perplexed, unable to write my morning post as I had planned. That being said, it's not quite checkmate, rubbish Romanian WiFi, because unlike the checkmated king I have actually found a way out of your little interwebbed trap, albeit late in the day, after much hair pulling, and with a considerably curtailed post.
|This is what a real checkmate looks like|
Did you know the etymology of checkmate?
Have you ever successfully trumped an opponent and triumphantly announced "Check and mate!" just like in the movies?
Do please pawn off your chessiest comments in the box below.
(and I'm not knocking Romania by the way - it's absolutely wonderful!)