Quotes / Smart People Play Chess

To play chess requires strategy, foresight, analytical powers, and the ability to cross-correlate large numbers of variables and learn from experience.
Carl Sagan on why chess robots are impressive, Broca's Brain

“Mammals of every species indulge in play. Games are Nature's way of preparing us to face difficult realities.”
— Daniel Suarez, Daemon

Charlie Wilson: How old are you?
Mike Vickers: I'll be 30 next week.
Charlie Wilson: This is CIA's weapons expert?
Gust Avrakotos: One of them.
Chess Player #1: Mike!
Mike Vickers: Yeah, bishop to queen's knight 7.
Gust Avrakotos: See, he's playing without even looking at the board.
Charlie Wilson: That's a useful skill... if Afghanistan's ever invaded by Boris Spassky.

I never know what to think about policemen, although I know what they want me to think—they want everyone to think that they run a tip-top organization and that all of them are chess enthusiasts and MENSA members. The ones I meet are the mouth organs assigned to the press, but still they wouldn't know a queen's gambit from a transvestite.
Eveless Eden by Marianne Wiggins

"Anyone who looks on the world as a game of chess deserves to lose."
Harold Finch, Person of Interest, "If-Then-Else"