Wedging his tense arm imperatively under mine, Tom Buchanan compelled me from the room as though he were moving a checker to another square.

from F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (Chapter I) on Rap Genius

Meaning

Once again, Tom is directing Nick where to go.

The simile is telling here —– Tom may lack the intellectual capacity necessary for chess.

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