2 thoughts on “Weekly English Language Trivia Question

  1. Swarn

    The answer to your question is that it originates from the Persian expression Shah Mat which means the king is defeated, helpless, or abandoned. What was interesting was reading that it is a common misconception that Shah Mat means the king is dead. It makes sense that it doesn’t mean that when you think about the game, because you never actually take the king in chess. The game is over when the king is truly helpless, left to fate, or trapped. It is common to tip your king, but it is not to indicate that he is dead, but rather more of a surrender. Good question!


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