Why Is It Always Chess In Sci-Fi & Fantasy?


Once again, a genre show has used chess as a metaphor – this time it was the latest episode of Outlander (you can see our review here). Sci-Fi and fantasy loves chess because of the whole dark versus light vibe. There are also pawn and checkmate metaphors galore to have fun with. It reminded me of a daft little project I did on Facebook page last year. Some of you may have seen this before but hey, it took a while to put together so I thought it was worth another airing.

I don’t see why it always has to be chess in sci-fi and fantasy when there are so many other games to choose from. So here are some famous chess scenes from sci-fi and fantasy that have had the chess replaced…

Doctor Who


Blade Runner


2001: A Space Odyssey


X-Men 2




Dawn Of The Dead (Remake)


The Seventh Seal


The Prisoner


X-Men: First Class

DF-4702  Before Charles Xavier (James McAvoy, left) and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men who became the closest of friends. Here they enjoy a game of chess – the first of many they would play over their long and evolving history.

Star Trek


Chess 1b




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