Fool’s Mate was a drama film made in West Germany in 1989. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section in the Cannes Film Festival of 1989. The film was directed by Matthieu Carriere, who was before his stab at directing, a German actor who starred in the German director Volkor Schlondorff’s breakthrough movie Young Torless.

The hero in the movie is played by Michael Marwitz, who plays a concert pianist who was very famous some years before, as well as being a master at chess. He comprises his piano playing talents by getting involved with a group of self destructive gamblers and drug addicts. These new friends of his end up ruining his formerly happy marriage to Victoria Tennant, who is an English architect. This movie is dark, and completely without any humour, but at that stage the European film festival circuit was looking for films of this type.

Fool’s Mate a Chess Term

Fool’s Mate is also a term in chess, the game that the hero of the film excelled at, and is the name given to the checkmate made in the fewest possible number of moves. Fool’s Mate received its name because it can only occur if White plays extraordinarily weakly, or foolishly. The title of the movie Fool’s Mate is then self explanatory. Even among beginners, this checkmate hardly ever occurs.

More generally, the term Fool’s Mate is applied to all similar checkmates that happen early in the game. There are probably as many quick checkmates in the game of chess as there have been first time players, as everyone will get caught at the beginning.

The Origins of Chess

Chess is believed to have had its origin in India, some time before the seventh century. The Indian game of chaturanga is the likely precursor, although the pieces took on their current powers in Spain in the fifteenth century. Rules of chess were standardized in the nineteenth century. The World Championship of Chess takes place every few years, and there is also a Chess Olympiad, a popular competition among teams from different countries. Chess can now be played online, and this has opened amateur and professional competition to a varied and wide group of players. There are some variants of chess that are played in some countries, with slightly different rules and boards.

Since the second half of last century, computers have also been programmed to play chess with increasing success. Some powerful home computers can play at a higher level than the best of the human players. The computer IBMDeep Blue was the first machine to overcome a reigning chess Champion in a match when it defeated Gary Kasparov in 1997.

Chess Now A Recognized Sport

The international ruling body of chess is FIDE, and they award titles to skilled players. The highest title is Grandmaster. The term master may refer to a formal title, or may be loosely used to denote any skilled player.

Chess is regarded as a recognized sport by the International Olympic Committee. Chess was included in the 2006 and 2010 Asian Games.