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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flagRussia
0%
20%
80%
0%
10
flagItaly
0%
7%
71%
21%
14
flagIndia
6%
20%
65%
6%
29
flagAustria
7%
30%
61%
0%
13
flagPoland
8%
31%
55%
4%
5238
flagGermany
14%
29%
54%
0%
87
flagthe United Kingdom
10%
31%
53%
5%
157
flagCanada
5%
35%
52%
5%
17
flagthe United States
13%
26%
50%
8%
140
flagNorway
10%
30%
50%
10%
20
flagSpain
0%
53%
46%
0%
15
flagthe Netherlands
15%
26%
42%
15%
26
flagRepublic of Ireland
4%
47%
33%
14%
21

Gender

men61%
women51%
the last move
6%
10%
game over
25%
33%
king is helpless
61%
51%
there is no meaning
6%
4%

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