Is this idiomatic? I saw it being used by some people in forums, but never saw any renowned author used this expression. Is there a better way to say it?

For example:

India was playing a geopolitical game of chess while Pakistan was playing a geopolitical game of checkers.

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It is pretty common to use chess as a metaphor. It suggests a complex process in which there are two sides, winners and losers, and skill is a significant factor.

It's not a fixed idiom, but this kind of figurative language is common enough.

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