Originally posted by thire
can anybody tell me why the game is "check mate"?
do you mean by this, where does the term "check mate" come from? I heard somewhere it is from Yatch Mach (and yes, that's phonetically written) meaning "the king is dead". Obviously the langusage is of somemof the earliest players of chess, but embarasingly I can't remember which one.
C&R, have you ever concidered writting or getting someone to write a brief history of chess? I'd find that interesting (maybe I should go down to th elibrary, but all the books ar ein French or Dutch)