What does 'checkmate' literally mean?

the last move
game over
king is helpless
there is no meaning
The term is an al­ter­ation of the Persian phrase "Shāh Māt". It is a common mis­con­cep­tion that it means "the King is dead", as chess reached Europe via the Islamic world, and Arabic māta means "died".

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the last move
game over
king is helpless
there is no meaning
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flagUkraine
0%
17%
82%
0%
17
flagRussia
0%
20%
80%
0%
10
flagItaly
0%
5%
75%
20%
20
flagFrance
5%
16%
72%
5%
18
flagIndia
5%
20%
68%
5%
35
flagSweden
13%
6%
66%
13%
15
flagSpain
0%
38%
61%
0%
21
flagBelgium
0%
38%
61%
0%
13
flagGreece
10%
30%
60%
0%
10
flagAustria
17%
23%
58%
0%
17
flagthe United Kingdom
12%
26%
57%
3%
239
flagthe United States
11%
26%
54%
6%
179
flagPoland
7%
35%
53%
4%
10249
flagGermany
17%
29%
51%
0%
132
flagSwitzerland
11%
42%
46%
0%
26
flagRepublic of Ireland
2%
42%
45%
8%
35
flagNorway
12%
33%
45%
8%
24
flagCanada
15%
35%
45%
5%
20
flagUnknown
5%
47%
41%
5%
890
flagthe Netherlands
12%
30%
41%
15%
39

Gender

men49%
women49%
the last move
5%
10%
game over
38%
35%
king is helpless
49%
49%
there is no meaning
6%
5%

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