Now it seems that Smallville's producers are making their own homage of sorts to the game. Episode no. 916 has a chess theme.
Chris Carabott wrote a review here:
The opening sequence delivered some great action beats and played on the chess motif that continued to be carried throughout the entirety of "Checkmate." I really enjoyed how every other scene throughout the episode really did feel like a chess piece being played by either side. It gave the story a great pace throughout and the action and story never letup. Smallville could stand to have more of this type of pacing in their episodes.