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Thu, Dec 10, 2020 1:33 PM

Live Poll: Checkmate

Which of these fictional, skilled chess-playing characters would you like to play a game of chess with?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls082087671/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/Wygf18vysis/

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Jess,

My vote: Spock

I would likely lose to all of the fictional characters within 10 moves. I play chess badly.

Are you limiting your choices to biological beings or are fictional AI characters eligible for your poll? If AIs are eligible, then:

For you consideration:

HAL 9000 from (1968) aboard Discovery

HAL plays a game of chess against Dr. Frank Poole

Sadly, there are no images on IMDb showing the game. This is the closest image I found:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062622/mediaviewer/rm3779500545/?ft0=name&fv0=nm0706937&ft1=image_type&fv1=still_frame

Douglas Rain in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Frank plays chess with HAL aboard Discovery

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzIQUDQO-ag

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Dan, 

Only beings with actual hands. :)

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Added Ron. Thanks, otter.

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Jess,

Only beings with actual hands. :)

I understand. In that case, Luke Skywalker would not be eligible after facing Darth Vader.

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I'm not as rusty as I thought at chess, I have gone up 231 points in chess.com today. However, I'm a bad loser, I don't play against stronger than me. So my vote is Ron.

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My latest game (I'm test346677): Chess: hmanning94 vs test346677 - 5943494286 - Chess.com. I was a bit lazy in the endgame, but overall it is one of my best games.

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Congratulations! I've been going on chess.com more often lately but I'm still playing my computer a lot until I read up more and get a little more control over the middle of the board. I never read anything about chess until recently, to my detriment. 

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FYC:

If you consider shorts/animation, Geri from Geri's Game (1997) (imdb.com)

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Thanks, but I wanted to stick with live action. I made a note.

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I love this poll. There are so many good characters who are such skilled players, too, and I'd lose to all of them, I'm sure, but I'd learn a lot and have a great time with most of them. My choice would probably be House. <3

Great title, btw.

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I also like that you link to one of J-man's polls. : )

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Thank you, Sara. 

I borrowed some options from his poll, so it felt like the right thing to do. :)

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Definitely : ) and it was also just nice to see an old poll and from someone from the old poll board. I always liked J-man and it was cool how there was never any vitriol or impoliteness despite the fact that his politics were very different from most of ours. In the states, that's a rare thing. And it really is just nice to see an old poll that I remember from back then. 

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Serious FYI: Ein, the genetically-enhanced corgi stolen from a secret lab from the anime, Cowboy Beebop.

Seen here playing the Japanese chess adjacent game of Shogi.

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Wow, that's a great list. My vote for.....confused. :P

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