Arabic language, Schach or Shah,
signifies King and Matt signifies Dead.
Thus, Schach Matt (the King is dead), is
the origin of our “Checkmate”.
Even that a King is never actually
captured in a game of Chess, a
player who is checkmated loses the game
because said player has no
white or black King is under attack but the threat can be met, then the
King is said to be in check, but is not
The game ends as soon as the King is
checkmated. Most players resign a game
before being mated. It is bad etiquette
not to resign in a hopeless situation.
notation, a checkmate is annotated like
any other move and a “++ or #”
sign is appended after the move notation, e.g.
Nb6++ or Nb6#.