What is it with the Butler and chess? He must be a very keen student of the game, seeing as he follows both games of human chess during ‘Checkmate.’ He also seems to command some importance, seeing as while the Butler carries the box of chess pieces, he is escorted by an official from administration who carries the chessboard and the Butler’s umbrella to protect him from the sun. More then this, at the end of ‘Checkmate’ it is the Butler who returns the white Queen's Pawn, being symbolic for Number 6, to the chessboard.
When I first watched ‘Checkmate’ as a boy, I did think that perhaps it was the Butler first making the moves on his chessboard, and those moves then relayed in someway to both chess players. However in later years I found out that that assumption was completely wrong.
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