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
This chess game is civilized and dignified, yet with an undertone of strong competition and battle, much like our typical interactions.
— Magneto to Professor X in X-Men: the Abridged Script
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.