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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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What does 'checkmate' literally mean?
the last move
game over
king is helpless
there is no meaning
This phrase is an alteration of the Persian phrase "Shāh Māt", but does not carry over any literal meaning from the Persian. 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".
Max Roderick
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+1: This change is good  Nazeri Tahutini

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