1. The rebels surrounded the president's palace. He had no option but to agree to their demands: it was checkmate.
2. Unless we make some serious changes to this business, the competition will catch up and it will be checkmate.
1. Garry Kasparov had the chess computer in checkmate after a fine series of moves.
请注意：Stalemate “僵局“和 checkmate 的意思正好相反，stalemate 表示一种双方僵持不下的局面。
1. I could only afford £150,000 for the house but the seller would go no lower than £155,000. We reached a stalemate and called the deal off.
The pattern of black and white squares on a chessboard is described as being 'chequered' in British English and 'checkered' in American English. The squares themselves are known as 'cheques' or 'checks' respectively. But the verb 'to check' is spelled the same in both places.
棋盘上的黑白格子在英式英语中被描述为 chequered。 在美式英语中则是 checkered（注意两种不同的单词拼写）。在英语中，方形的格子叫 cheques（英）或 checks（美）。不过在使用动词 to check 的时候拼写是统一的。