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
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