Rector, Professor U Tun Thin was one of my mentors

I started to play chess in high School but could not “waste time” for this game as I need to concentrate on my studies and tennis. Later while doing Internship (House Surgeon) in A Ba U Tun Thin ward, I even read a lot of books and played thoroughly partly because I like the chess, I got spare time in the ward and also to please my boss as he used to play table tennis and chess.

A competitive table tennis game.

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Of course, I started also to play table tennis in his ward, MU III. Prof. U tun Thin had an extension at the back of his ward where there was a table tennis court, place to play chess, a mini library, a mini lab and a place for the House Surgeon and Assistant Surgeons could rest. 

And I concentrate on chess again later so that I could teach my eldest son. Rector, Professor U Tun Thin was one of my mentors.

Mentor: (from Wikipedia) a trusted friend, counselor or teacher, usually a more experienced person. Some professions have “mentoringprograms” in which newcomers are paired with more experienced people, who advise them and serve as examples as they advance. Schools sometimes offer mentoring programs to new students, or students having difficulties.

Today mentors provide expertise to less experienced individuals to help them advance their careers, enhance their education, and build their networks. In many different arenas people have benefited from being part of a mentoring relationship.

The black king has been checkmated; the game is over, assuming that there are no other pieces (not visible in the picture) that could capture the queen.

The term checkmate (from Wikipedia) is an alteration or Hobson-Jobson of the Persian phrase “Shāh Māt” which means, literally, “the King is helpless” (or “ambushed”, “defeated”, or “stumped”, but not “dead”).[3][4] It is a common misconception that it means “the King is dead”, as chess reached Europe via the Islamic world, and Arabic māta مَاتَ means “died” or “is dead” (Hooper & Whyld 1992), (Davidson 1949:70), (Sunnucks 1970), (McKean 2005), (Golombek 1976:27).[5]

Moghadam traced the etymology of the word mate. It comes from a Persian verb mandan, meaning “to remain”, which is cognate with the Latin word manco. It means “remained” in the sense of “abandoned” and the formal translation is “surprised”, in the military sense of “ambushed” (not in the sense of “astonished”). So the king is in mate when he is ambushed, at a loss, or abandoned to his fate (Davidson 1949:70–71).

The term “checkmate” also has origins in the term “check”, which means temporarily stop, and which also is in the chessplaying context related to the term “chess”, which derives from the French word “echecs”, which is derived from the alternating black and white pattern of an eschequier, or counting table, a pattern which was duplicated in larger form in some countries on the floor of the exchequer, a central bank, and whence such related terms as “checkers” and “checkered” were brought about.

The term checkmate has come to mean in modern parlance an irrefutable and strategic victory.

Checkmate (frequently shortened to mate) is a situation in chess (and in other boardgames of the chaturanga family) in which one player’s king is threatened with capture (in check) and there is no way to meet that threat. Or, simply put, the king is under direct attack and cannot avoid being captured. Delivering checkmate is the ultimate goal in chess: a player who is checkmated loses the game. In normal chess the king is never actually captured – the game ends as soon as the king is checkmated because checkmate leaves the defensive player with no legal moves.[note 1] In practice, most players resign an inevitably lost game before being checkmated. It is considered bad etiquette to continue playing in a completely hopeless position (Burgess 2000:481).[note 2]

If a king is under attack but the threat can be met, then the king is said to be in check, but is not in checkmate. If a player is not in check but has no legal move (that is, every possible move would put the king in check), the result of the game is stalemate, and the game ends in a draw (but in other variants, it is a loss for the stalemated player). (See rules of chess.)

A checkmating move is denoted in algebraic chess notation with the hash symbol (#) – for example, 34.Qh8# or by “++”. (The symbol “++” is sometimes used to indicate double check.)

Table tennis (from Wikipedia), also known as ping-pong, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight, hollow ball back and forth using table tennis rackets. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net. Except for the initial serve, players must allow a ball played toward them only one bounce on their side of the table and must return it so that it bounces on the opposite side. Points are scored when a player fails to return the ball within the rules. Play is fast and demands quick reactions. A skilled player can impart several varieties of spin to the ball, altering its trajectory and limiting an opponent’s options to great advantage.

Table tennis is controlled by the worldwide organization International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), founded in 1926. ITTF currently includes 210 member associations.[1] The table tennis official rules are specified in the ITTF handbook.[2] Since 1988, table tennis has been an Olympic sport,[3] with several event categories. In particular, from 1988 until 2004, these were: men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles. Since 2008 the doubles have been replaced by the team events.

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