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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Literally Speaking Pub House (July 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929642504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929642502
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,153,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Checkmate gives an enjoyable, entertaining and insightful understanding of the games men play that will keep girlfriends talking for years. --Black Board, June 2005

As I read Checkmate, I found myself shaking my head at the reality of the scenarios…It breaks down playa behavior --The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers

Checkmate is frank and candid...An insider's view...Valuable trade secrets...I applaud Crutcher for the heads up...Much appreciated --The GRITS Book Club (Girls/Guys Raised In the South)

About the Author

Mark Crutcher has a new outlook on life. Author of the national bestselling tell-all book, Checkmate: The Games Men Play, Mr. Crutcher writes an empowering book for women to gain an understanding of the dating process as well as the tricks and techniques used by players to win women’s hearts, souls, minds, and of course, their bodies. A former player, pimp and even a gigolo, Mark Crutcher has given up his player’s card in an effort to help relinquish the heavy burden on his heart.

Professionally, Mr. Crutcher has been a corporate executive in the field of human resources for Fortune 500 companies, directing their recruiting efforts for the past eight years before pursuing his writing career full time. Bornin Memphis, TN and currently residing in Desoto, TX, he is the parent of two loving children. Mr. Crutcher is also a playwright and movie screenplay writer.

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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Reader with Gratitude and Appreciation on August 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
First of all, I really appreciate authors like Mr. Crutcher openly wrote a book about the games men played in the dating arena. Mr. Crutcher has a fun, yet a compassionate tone when he was writing this book. Checkmate: The Games Men Play is one of those books that offer a checklist for women to identify players. It must not be easy for Mr. Crutcher to face and confront his past of being a player, suffering from layers of guilt and shame. I think this will always happen to manipulative people (does not matter whether you are a man or a woman) one day when they look back. Eventually, one just has to pay their dues by enduring the emotional (sometimes even physical) sufferings when we choose to run games on others.

I believe players happen in both sexes and manipulation games happen both ways. If you were hurt by players, this book helps you surface the truth and answers questions as of why he is the way he is. But this book will also stir your anger towards men in general at the same time. Don't worry. Take the experience as a learning journey and take this book as a checklist. This book is every woman's guide to identify players early in the game before women sink deep. But certainly not one that help you feel loved and better. It is only when you walk through the peaks and valleys, you learn about those manipulation games men play for sex and for the satisfaction of their ego. Their bad behavior hopefully acts as an inspiration for us as women to be a wiser, more compassionate and more loving people instead of following the players' unconscious, manipulative and stupid, naive behaviors.

I believe what goes around comes around. Maybe you do not see them suffer at this point of your life and you ask God and everyone else why it is so unfair.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Newton on January 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Title: CHECKMATE: The Games Men Play

Author: Mark D. Crutcher

Genre: non-fiction/self-help/ relationships

Publication date: 2005

ISBN: 1-929642-50-4

Length: 205 pages

Edition: Hardback

Checkmate ~ The Games Men Play ~ Mark D. Crutcher ~ Literally Speaking Publishing House

"To gain understanding of the dating process, what better way to learn than from a smooth-talking, lip-smacking, self-confessed gigolo who knows how to play the game better than anyone?"

They say pride comes before a fall and that's exactly what happened to the author of this book. After playing games with the hearts of many women and acting like the eternal Peter Pan, Mark D. Crutcher, a self-confessed PLAYER (gigolo and ladies man) finally received his ultimate comeuppance when his fiancée jilted him at the alter in front of everybody. To add insult to injury, his wife-to-be married someone else on the same day!

As Mark's whole world came crashing down around him, he was forced to rethink his life and search deep into his soul for answers. It was time to come to terms with being jilted. It didn't take him long to realise how the hurt he felt was nothing compared to the pain he caused all the women who trusted and loved him. He played games with their lives for his own selfish needs. But not anymore! Having realised the error of his ways, Mark, the son of the founder of his local church, finally turned back to God for comfort. He decided to take responsibility for his actions. Written in the aftermath of being jilted by the woman he loved, (although I don't think he realised it until it was too late) this book serves as a warning to other women dating a PLAYER.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By aNN on February 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
Ladies, have you ever imagined how stress free relationships would be

if we possessed a Geiger counter for men? Maybe something that would

generate a signal when a player is approaching? Unfortunately there is

no such device, but all is not lost. Mark Crutcher shares some invaluable

information, and generates some insight on the games men play.

What Mr. Crutcher does is break down the player's mentality into three

skill levels, and shares the characteristics and the signals of each level.

With short stories, he gives a wide-angle view of the process a player uses.

The book is frank, candid, and at times almost woeful though not really

in a negative sense. While reading, I began to realize

that women do have a built in warning system. We may not get warning

bells but, we do get a certain resonance which should produce a strategy

to nullify the game. But too often we fail to heed the warning;

each woman thinks she is the exception not the rule. The points shared

in this book shuld change our perception or at least increase our awareness.

He shares the objective of a player and he shares his personal pain when

the woman he loved walked out of his life; without any warning. Since then,

he has vowed to never cause another woman the pain that he felt. This

book is the first step in his healing process and possibly a cleansing of

his spirit.

Checkmate: The Games Men Play analyzes a man's psyche from his first

hello and intimates that the game really begins once a man has scored.

I applaud Mr. Crutcher for this enlightening heads up; it is much

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