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"In chess, the pawns go first."

Chess is a two-player strategic board game that Professor X and Magneto often play when they are together. It symbolizes their "hostile-friend" relationship. The game is referenced several times in the franchise.



On Genosha, Magneto referenced the game by telling Sabretooth, 'I have made the first move'.

While visiting him in his plastic prison, Charles was playing chess with Magneto. As Charles leaves, Erik knocks his king over, indicating that Charles won the game.

The ways that Xavier and Magneto played chess at the end of the film mirrors their overall strategies. Magneto is willing to sacrifice his pawns for the sake of the game, while Xavier uses and protects them as much as possible.

X2: X-Men United[]

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Charles and Erik play chess in X-Men (above) and X-Men: First Class (below).

Jean is playing a game of chess with Professor X, at the school, when they are discussing Nightcrawler's attack on the President, with Storm and Cyclops.

X-Men: The Last Stand[]

During the War on Alcatraz, Magneto applied the principles of chess into battle.

Near the end of the film, Magneto (having recently lost his powers) is in a park, where makes a metallic chess piece wobble slightly. This indicates that his powers are returning.

X-Men: First Class[]

Charles and Erik were playing chess on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. They were later seen playing chess at the X-Mansion, while they were discussing Shaw starting World War III.

X-Men: Days of Future Past[]

When Wolverine arrives at the X-Mansion in 1973, and tell Charles about his mission a chessboard is seen.

On their way to Paris, Charles and Erik settle their differences over a game of chess.