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Entry from June 29, 2017
“I’m so bad at chess the only way I’ll get to say ‘checkmate’ is at an Australian restaurant”

There’s a difference between “Checkmate!” (said at the end of a game of chess) and “Check/cheque, mate!” (said at the end of a restaurant meal in Australia), but it’s been the subject of many puns. “And don’t you hate playing chess with an Australian? They always say, “Check, mate’” was posted on the newsgroup alt.fan.furry.muck on November 7, 1994.

“I’m so bad at Chess ... The only way I’ll ever get to say ‘Checkmate’ is if I eat at an Australian restaurant” was posted on Twitter on February 8, 2012.


Google Groups: alt.fan.furry.muck
olde Sputnik Theatre
Thomas Armo
11/7/94
(...)
Guest1 purr-mews, “And don’t you hate playing chess with an Australian? They always say, “Check, mate."”

Chess.com
CHESS JOKE!!!
Joetheevilchesplayer
Jul 31, 2008
ok here is a chess joke I came up with. I’m not starting a daily chess joke this cuz there rather hard to make up.
1.you never want to play chess with someone from australia, cuz every time they get you in check they’ll say check mate, and then there will be this huge fight. NO YOU’RE IN CHECK MATE! NO I’M NOT THATS CHECK! THATS WHAT I SAID MATE!

Twitter
DJ Tancock‏
@DjTanCock
I’m so bad at Chess ...
The only way I’ll ever get to say “Checkmate” is after I at at an australian restaurant
9:19 AM - 8 Feb 2012

Twitter
jo mercado‏
@mercadoj526
I’m so bad at Chess ...
The only way I’ll ever get to say “Checkmate” is if I eat at an Australian restaurant.
6:37 PM - 8 Feb 2012

Twitter
P.S.A-holes™‏
@PSAguys
Computer beat me at chess. Again. Realizing the only time I’ll ever be saying “Checkmate” is when I eat at an Australian restaurant. #PSA
4:04 PM - 15 Mar 2013

Reddit—Jokes
What did the Australian Chess player say to the waiter?
submitted September 20, 2015 by UnpopularVoice
Cheque, mate!

Reddit—Reactiongifs
MRW I’m in Australia and I just finished eating at a restaurant (i.giphy.com)
submitted December 9, 2016 by Mr_BoZiffer

Reddit—Puns
When you’re in Australia and you finish eating at a restaurant.... (i.redd.it)
submitted January 13, 2017 by mr-gem-524

Reddit—Jokes
What do Australian chess players say when they’re finished eating at a restaurant?
submitted January 15, 2017 by BRENNEJM
Check mate.

Twitter
H$$ ✌️‏
@HMonear
What does chess and an Australian restaurant have in common?? They both end in a check mate 😉😂
6:24 PM - 13 Mar 2017

Twitter
Charlie Brown‏
@ziyaadcaffrey
Dont you hate it when you’re playing chess at an Australian restaurant and you shout “check mate”, and the waiter brings you the bill
1:11 PM - 23 Mar 2017

Reddit—Jokes
What do you say after finishing a game of chess at an Australian restaurant?
submitted June 30, 2017 by DavidsASMR
Checkmate

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Thursday, June 29, 2017 • Permalink