The white Queen stood facing the black Bishop. They were three squares away, in front of each other, in a single file. The Queen was tempted to kill the Bishop, but realized that there are other forces acting. The black Queen and the black King were very near, one square apart, on either side of the black Bishop, providing excellent protection and at the same time, harboring a threat to the white Queen. The white Queen was of a pure heart, unlike the three enemies facing her – they were dark and sadistic. She knew that if she doesn’t think rationally at this juncture, she would be killed.

She called out to her White Knight – her trustworthy adviser, her secret love, her Man among men – and asked him to help her. Ever the gentleman and always ready to lay down and die for his lovely Queen, the white Knight rode forward and in one brilliant move, stood in front of his Queen, defending her, and called out, “Check!” to the black King.

The black King was taken by surprise and the black Queen could not believe her eyes. Where had the white Knight come from? Her respect for the Knight grew, but was overtaken by her hatred and anger. She had to protect her dark King at any cost, and in her anger, she misjudged the existing threat to herself. She asked the dark King to move back a square, and as he did, she realized her folly. In an instant, the white Knight was on to her; drawing his sword, he plunged it deep into her black heart. She let out a horrifying scream as she lay dead on the battlefield. Her last words were, “White Knight, I salute you.”

Turning to his lady love, the white Knight bowed. The white Queen had tears in her eyes. “You risked your life to save mine,” she said.

“That, my lady, is my destiny,” said the white Knight.

The white Knight now stood right next to the black Bishop, who was quivering in his boots and had wet his pants just looking at the white Knight standing next to him in all his glory. The black King knew that his hours were numbered. He looked back into his camp and saw that his trustworthy assassin – the black Knight – was still available. He called out to him, “Save your King, O blackest of black Knights!”

Heeding to his King’s call, the black Knight leapt into action, and in one spring, he landed next to his King and threatened the white Queen. The Queen looked helplessly at her white Knight. He just smiled at her and said, “The dark ones are going to lose, my Queen. We shall triumph.”

He leapt high in the air and landed in front of his Queen and called out, “Check!” to the black King again. The King could not believe it. He had overlooked such a simple maneuver. “Shit!” he cried, and moved to a square to his right.

The white Knight then looked at his Queen, at her lovely face, at her beautiful eyes and extended his hand. “Do you trust me, my Queen?” he asked.

“Of course, I do!” said the Queen. “Why?”

“Then take my hand and come to me. Move a step towards me, my Queen. Trust me.”

She took his hand. She loved him more than anything else in the world and so far, he had saved her life thrice in three moves. She took a step forward and came to him.

The white Knight looked at the black King and said, “Checkmate, asshole!”

Published by Nikhil

Nikhil Kumar lives in Bangalore with his wife and their stuffed dog. They are both advertising professionals and lead very exciting lives on the streets, dodging traffic. Their fridge is filled with cans of Diet Coke and their water heater doesn't work. He doesn't smoke (up) anymore.

72 thoughts on “Checkmate!

  1. Yeay!! First to comment!!! Yeay!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Umm.. I kinda lost you there… But , the eternal love story seems to be hidden somewhere in your post, I see that!

    But, I would think that the dark forces, going by your history on love, should be the one to lose! The white is pure, no?

  2. @Aparna
    Congrats on being the first one here!! Yay! Party! ๐Ÿ˜€
    And Grrr… you mean I’m impure? How’d you know that? Er.. er. I mean, er.. .never mind… White and Pure triumphs this time! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Thanks a lot macha! ๐Ÿ˜€
    I am glad you liked it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. @Sandeep
    The white Knight, dude! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Hehe.. Thanks man! ๐Ÿ˜€

    LOL… Yes they are… ๐Ÿ˜€

    Chess is NOT mundane!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Hahahaha!! Yes, there definitely is! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Simple yet sophisticated. Redundant yet romantic. Your best post ever! Good going. What I would like to know is what inspired you to write such a post?

  5. ahaaa….there comes another king-queen story just when I thought you were going to stop using the name ‘jodha’ !!!
    C’mon, everythings getting curiouser like how Shefaly put it. Dude, when are you publishing a normal post with whats actually happening????

    Btw, Gr8 post, buddy !!!

    and the King saying words like shit and asshole.Wow !!! ROFL

  6. @Anniyan
    Ah, well.. If i say that, there wouldn’t be anything left to read between the lines, would it? ๐Ÿ˜€

    Hehehehe!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Hehehe!!! thanks man! The actual story will come out soon! Patience! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. OMG! the white king has been betrayed and that too by his own loving queen and trusted knight. He could never have thought there was something going on between the two of them… backstabbed, even though winning this battle, losing at the war of love…poor king!

    hah… anyway great post!

  8. O self proclaimed ‘Love Guru’, I got a question for you – Why are all love stories about the man rescuing the woman? While we know quite well that it works the other way round while actually playing chess by the rules!

    In Chess, the Queen has the powers of her entire army together in her! But, she still needs a king to save her? While that in fact, is the job of the queen! You can replace a queen by getting a pawn to the other side, but cannot replace the king! The king is such a coward in the game of chess, that he needs a battalion to save him, and the dude can’t even run for his own life! I think of all of them, its the king who needs an effing life! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. @Trojan
    Thanks man! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Hehehe! Nice epilogue! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I know the King is powerless, but as any chess player will tell you, it’s the Knight who rules the board… No matter what the situation, the Queen is powerful, but the Knight is invincible! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Ha! Take that! ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. I’m afraid I shall have to report you to the Society That Unearths Political Incorrect Denizens (or, as they are better known, STUPID) – please desist from using terms like black to represent villainy and sadism, and white to represent victory. Asshole, too, doesn’t leave a good taste in the mouth! (Sorry, couldn’t resist that last bit. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

    Quirky Indian

  11. Chasing a love story eh. Never came across one like this..knights and queens and their hop, skips and jumps! No princess eh Nikhil. Or maybe she is reserved for the black knight.

  12. @BD
    Welcome to MirrorCracked! ๐Ÿ˜€
    And, thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Figure it out… ๐Ÿ˜€

    @Quirky Indian
    Hahahaahahah!!! ROFL…!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Good one, dude!

    Hehehe! No princess in my story! I do not date kids! ๐Ÿ˜€

    White King was too far away to help! ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. ROFL! I loooove the story! Now I really understand how “life is a game of chess”! ๐Ÿ˜€
    *The white Knight looked at the black King and said, โ€œCheckmate, asshole!โ€* The only thing the black King deserves to hear!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    But well, black knight pee-ed?? C’mon !

    But what if the White Queen was unable to make a decision?? ๐Ÿ˜›

  14. MC…

    *baffled* its like a story within another…sadly I am too daft to figure it out…lemme know if I have missed something to be able to connect …


  15. blah checkmate! ๐Ÿ˜› i want to be a knight ๐Ÿ˜› see i think you are getting my bug too ๐Ÿ˜› chess pieces talking! ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. @ QI:

    You give a whole new meaning to arse-kissing ๐Ÿ™‚

    @ Vimal

    Why would a king NOT speak those words? Haven’t you heard of this Arthur Guiterman ditty?

    No matter what we are and who,
    Some duties everyone must do.
    A poet puts aside his wreath
    To wash his face and brush his teeth,
    And even Earls Must comb their curls,
    And even Kings Have underthings.

  17. Yeah, maybe the Knight does ‘rule’ the board, but, what use is a knight if there is no king or queen? What use is there in protecting a king, if he has no kingdom? What use in protecting a queen, if she cannot protect herself, inspite of being one of the most powerful pawn?

    As I have learned recently, the world is in mixed shades of grey, not black & white..

    Did I mention.. Good Post?! Good post! ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. This is a beautiful post. Your imagination of a checkmate move in chess into a romantic story is awesome. Loved it ๐Ÿ™‚

    A Black and White Love story!

    PS: I hate it that I am the 34th commentator, may be I should write a software that will comment on your post as soon as you post it. The comment will say “Beautiful, Brilliant, Lovely”.

  19. I can see that the game is a representation of something else. So, I’ll wait for the explanation.

    Correct me if I am wrong, but when your white knight killed the black queen, did the black king not automatically get a check? And in the game of chess, the only check that cannot be blocked is the one that comes from a knight, right-o?

  20. was thinking…wouldn’t it be awesome to draw red smiles on all the pices and play…or on select ones…like the joker….

  21. wow!!!! beautiful story of love on board….sigh!!!!!!

    But I have a question for your knight. Where the hell was he when I used to play chess with my brother.
    My bro still carries a grudge. Why???

    Well whenever we used to play chess 2gether I used to lose. So instead of losing I used to spoil the whole game with one big sweep of my hand ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. @Amit
    Let there be light!

    Hehehe!! Sure thing! More Dummy’s Guides coming up!!

    LOL… Black Bishop pee’d! ๐Ÿ˜›
    And yeah, header has a dark figure, not a dark knight… Dark bishop sucks ass, doesn’t he? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    You’re right, there’s a story within a story! The actual story will be revealed soon!

    Ah, that’s better!

    There’s a saying in Kannada, which says “Sahavasa Dosha”… Roughly translated it means, “Bad Company!”

    Nice lines! I like them!

    And I never claimed that Kings are not needed… I just said that since the objective of the whole game is to protect the dumb King, everyone plays a role, and the Knight is indispensable!

    Awwww.. Thanks so much!

    Hmmm… it is, isn’t it?

    @Avionic Spanker
    Yup… A Knight’s check cannot be blocked… And no, when the White Knight killed the Black Queen, the black King wan not under check!

    Hehehee!!!! What an idea, sirji!

    Hahahaha!! Where the Knight was depends on how much of an age difference is there between you and me!!
    And don’t worry, I’m sure every kid hates losing..!!

    Hmmm… Yeah,,, I wonder…

  23. @ Nikhil : Patience of this kind kills! Guess what, I will be dedicating a love song for you very soon (but the horror is, its in my own voice). Hope you dont mind ๐Ÿ™‚

    @ Shefaly : LOL.
    But check out the usages, for eg: ‘underthings’.
    I am sure there would have been a ‘royal’ word for ‘Shit’ and ‘Asshole’ too ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. Awesome post – maybe one of your very best so far … What a description … ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Enjoyed reading it even though I did get lost a bit in the between ….
    Cheers keep up the good work …


  25. @Reema Sawant
    Thanks!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    LOL… Saravana Bhavan it seems!! ๐Ÿ˜›

    Hehehe.. Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’m a drunkard! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    You’re welcome, mate! ๐Ÿ˜€

    LOL… I’d tell you if I had Jodha’s permission! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Thanks man! Glad you liked it! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Hahaha! Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  26. brilliant and touching !!!
    I when I try to relate it to “you” and your other posts, I am getting confused .. I need to send someone to spy on you, or may be I will come to blore to do that myself,

    something serious is going on there …….. come on .. speak up !!

  27. @Lively
    Hehe! Yeah! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Hahaha! You’re more than welcome! ๐Ÿ˜€
    And you’re gonna have to wait patiently…

    Thanks man! ๐Ÿ˜€

  28. Hi Nikhil,
    Fantastic post. The game of 64 squares have never been narrated better.
    But my advice to you is try playing white for a change if you keep losing with black ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Better late than never!! (I am telling myself)
    Ok now comment:
    Dude, end of story is *how you want to end it?* or *how you did end it?*
    And call me if you need some *real* soldiers *who kill to make their king win* (or in this case, knight) ๐Ÿ˜€
    I hope you get what I mean!! ๐Ÿ˜›

  30. @Scorpria
    You’re forgiven! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I am so glad you think that! ๐Ÿ˜€

    It’s gonna take time! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Welcome to MirrorCracked! ๐Ÿ˜€
    And thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Welcome to MirrorCracked! ๐Ÿ˜€
    And, black or white, I never lose in chess!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I know what you mean, and I have only one answer – Go Figure! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  31. Very cool indeed. I don’t have a really good reputation in chess. I used to be okay until my cousin decided to thrash me every time we played. I haven’t played since late adolescence though.

  32. Awesome post dude!! I have been a regular reader of ur posts since few months but have never commented… But today, I just could not resist ๐Ÿ™‚ “her Man among men”!! Wow!! Where do u get such ideas from man??? :O

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