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".

Answers distribution

the last move
game over
king is helpless
there is no meaning
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flagUkraine
0%
20%
80%
0%
15
flagRussia
0%
20%
80%
0%
10
flagItaly
0%
6%
73%
20%
15
flagFrance
7%
15%
69%
7%
13
flagIndia
6%
18%
68%
6%
32
flagAustria
13%
26%
60%
0%
15
flagSweden
10%
10%
60%
20%
10
flagthe United Kingdom
10%
28%
56%
4%
188
flagPoland
8%
31%
55%
4%
5891
flagGermany
16%
26%
55%
0%
97
flagthe United States
11%
27%
52%
7%
159
flagCanada
11%
33%
50%
5%
18
flagSpain
0%
50%
50%
0%
16
flagNorway
9%
33%
47%
9%
21
flagUnknown
3%
38%
42%
11%
26
flagthe Netherlands
12%
31%
37%
18%
32
flagRepublic of Ireland
4%
50%
33%
12%
24

Gender

men60%
women50%
the last move
6%
10%
game over
25%
33%
king is helpless
60%
51%
there is no meaning
6%
4%

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