The Chess Players Companion
- Lewis Carroll owned a book called The Chess Players Companion by Howard
Staunton which had a chapter on Marked Pawns. Some people think that
Alice was a marked pawn, who is able to checkmate the Queen on King
Eight, and it also explains her starting point on Queen Two.
- I recently learned the etymology of the word check mate. It is from the
Arabic - sheik or king and "met" - the Arabic and also the Hebrew word
Robert Cubinelli wrote:
> I've been in the language biz for over 30 years and have been
> playing chess for over over 30 odd years too. All I can add is that
> game-wise, through the years 'checkmate' has lost the firts part of the
> word and many players today use it both ways. Linguistically speaking,
> the very etymology of the word indicated the possibility of splitting it
> and using 'mate' alone to say the same thing. so, there you go.
> */Michael Everson <everson@...>/* wrote:
> At 23:37 +0200 2008-06-08, Arne Moll wrote:
> >Well, ask any serious chess player, he'll use the word 'mate' for
> >sure, not checkmate. Using 'checkmate' is not illegal, and perhaps
> >not even wrong - it's just a dead giveaway that you don't know what
> >you're talking about. (By the way, it's the same in Dutch:
> >'schaakmat' - as opposed to 'mat' - is only used by laymen.)
> You can assert that this is the case, but I disagree. I learnt chess
> with the word "checkmate", as well as "check" and "mate". Plenty of
> people enjoy the game regularly and use the word "checkmate" is a
> normal word in the language, and properly applied alongside "mate".
> >It's like saying "Lewis Carroll, the author Alice in Wonderland,
> >also loved to take drugs": it sounds real sophisticated (and how
> >many times have we all heard people say this as if they knew what
> >they were talking about!) but we, the REAL Carroll-fans, we all know
> >better, don't we?
> I can't even begin to understand this analogy. It seems quite
> perverse to me. Don't bother to explain it though.
> Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com <http://www.evertype.com/>
> "When the going gets tuff, the tuff get going!"