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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flagUkraine
0%
18%
81%
0%
16
flagRussia
0%
20%
80%
0%
10
flagItaly
0%
5%
78%
15%
19
flagFrance
5%
16%
72%
5%
18
flagSweden
7%
7%
71%
14%
14
flagIndia
6%
21%
66%
6%
33
flagSpain
0%
38%
61%
0%
21
flagAustria
13%
26%
60%
0%
15
flagGreece
10%
30%
60%
0%
10
flagBelgium
0%
41%
58%
0%
12
flagthe United Kingdom
12%
27%
56%
3%
229
flagthe United States
11%
27%
53%
7%
170
flagPoland
7%
35%
52%
4%
9382
flagGermany
16%
30%
51%
0%
127
flagNorway
9%
31%
50%
9%
22
flagCanada
11%
33%
50%
5%
18
flagthe Netherlands
10%
29%
43%
16%
37
flagUnknown
5%
47%
41%
5%
842
flagRepublic of Ireland
3%
45%
41%
9%
31

Gender

men49%
women49%
the last move
5%
10%
game over
38%
35%
king is helpless
49%
49%
there is no meaning
5%
5%

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