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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.

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