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Jaque Mate

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I am not sure if jaque mate is really a Spanish, French or Arabic term. Jaque is used as check in chess. Mate (Spanish pronunciation) is the same word we use as mate in chess. Jaque mate is checkmate. Chess, by the way is ajedrez.

Today I went to a tailor to see about having some suits altered. There were several suit shops near the one I went to and some of them have chess related terms as the name of the business. Jaque, Jaque Mate and the one I went to was AjeDress (ajedrez). I guess there is the association of chess being a gentleman’s game and therefore connected with nice suits.

 

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