“ I failed to make the chess team because of my height. ”


— Woody Allen

“ When I was young, my favorite picture book was 'Fletcher and Zenobia,' written by Edward Gorey and illustrated by Victoria Chess. It's long out of print now, but its mix of macabre humor and 1960s psychedelia made it a perfect children's book for the times. ”


— Rick Riordan

“ Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency. ”


— Raymond Chandler

“ Comedy has sort of been my life-long obsession. I literally obsessed over comedy. I really didn't play sports - for me it was just comedy, computers and chess club; those were my big things. ”


— Chris Hardwick

“ I have always thought you could take the measure of a man by his sports manners - that is to say, the way in which he conducts himself on the playing field, or even over a game of chess or cards. ”


— Graydon Carter

“ Computers have proved to be formidable chess players. In fact, they've beaten our top human chess champions. ”


— Neil deGrasse Tyson

“ Marriage is like a game of chess except the board is flowing water, the pieces are made of smoke and no move you make will have any effect on the outcome. ”


— Jerry Seinfeld

“ The acting is something that will always be a part of my life, but the writing gives me a lot more creative freedom. You're a pawn in somebody else's chess game, whereas as a writer and as a director, you get to call the shots. And that's very thrilling. ”


— Amber Benson

“ Being a good neighbour is about compassion, which is as warm-blooded as justice is cool-headed. ”


— Julian Baggini

“ I am still a victim of chess. It has all the beauty of art - and much more. It cannot be commercialized. Chess is much purer than art in its social position. ”


— Marcel Duchamp

“ In chess, there are some extremely beautiful things in the domain of movement, but not in the visual domain. It's the imagining of the movement or of the gesture that makes the beauty in this case. ”


— Marcel Duchamp

“ She felt like a chess player who, by the clever handling of his pieces, sees the game taking the course intended. Her eyes were bright and tender with a smile as they glanced up into his; and her lips looked hungry for the kiss which they invited. ”


— Kate Chopin

“ The place of chess in the society is closely related to the attitude of young people towards our game. ”


— Boris Spassky

“ On the other hand, chess is a mass sport now and for chess organisers shorter time control is obviously more attractive. But I think that this control does not suit World Championship matches. ”


— Boris Spassky

“ I believe every chess player senses beauty, when he succeeds in creating situations, which contradict the expectations and the rules, and he succeeds in mastering this situation. ”


— Vladimir Kramnik

“ In chess one cannot control everything. Sometimes a game takes an unexpected turn, in which beauty begins to emerge. Both players are always instrumental in this. ”


— Vladimir Kramnik

“ There's a popular concept of 'intelligence' as book smarts, like calculus or chess, as opposed to, say, social skills. So people say that 'it takes more than intelligence to succeed in human society.' But social skills reside in the brain, not the kidneys. ”


— Eliezer Yudkowsky

“ There's a popular concept of 'intelligence' as book smarts, like calculus or chess, as opposed to, say, social skills. So people say that 'it takes more than intelligence to succeed in human society.' But social skills reside in the brain, not the kidneys. ”


— Eliezer Yudkowsky

“ I believe that true beauty of chess is more than enough to satisfy all possible demands. ”


— Alexander Alekhine

“ When I was a kid, I really liked playing chess, which is pretty geeky; I just enjoyed it - thinking, exercising my mind. And I found computers to be like an eight-hour day chess game. ”


— Michael Birch

“ I attend to my fitness. I go the gym every day and try to maintain my physical fitness; without that, it is tough to take challenges on the chess board. ”


— Viswanathan Anand

“ In chess, knowledge is a very transient thing. It changes so fast that even a single mouse-slip sometimes changes the evaluation. ”


— Viswanathan Anand

“ Chess as a sport requires a lot of mental stamina, and this is what that makes it different from a physical sport. Chess players have a unique ability of taking in a lot of information and remembering relevant bits. So, memory and mental stamina are the key attributes. ”


— Viswanathan Anand

“ Look at a football field. It looks like a big movie screen. This is theatre. Football combines the strategy of chess. It's part ballet. It's part battleground, part playground. We clarify, amplify and glorify the game with our footage, the narration and that music, and in the end create an inspirational piece of footage. ”


— Steve Sabol

“ We've seen computers play chess and beat grand masters. We've seen computers drive a car across a desert. But interestingly, playing chess is easy, but having a conversation about nothing is really difficult for a computer. ”


— Hod Lipson


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