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“The game of chess is not merely an idle amusement. Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired or strengthened by it… Life is a kind of Chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with.”
– Benjamin Franklin

More Quotes about Chess:


“A hard fought game of chess can give a child the equivalent of a month of life lessons.”
Coach Victor Lopez, Founder Learners Chess

“The game of chess is a lake in which a mosquito can drink and an elephant can bathe.”
Indian proverb

“I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.”
Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), French Artist

“Results show that just one year of chess tuition will improve a student’s learning abilities, concentration, application, sense of logic, self-discipline, respect, behavior and the ability to take responsibility for his/her own actions.”
Garry Kasparov, World Chess Champion

“You sit at the board and suddenly your heart leaps. Your hand trembles to pick up the piece and move it. But what chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether it’s really a good idea and whether there are other, better ideas.”
Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999), Filmmaker, producer

“Chess teaches foresight, by having to plan ahead; vigilance, by having to keep watch over the whole chess board; caution, by having to restrain ourselves from making hasty moves; and finally, we learn from chess the greatest maxim in life – that even when everything seems to be going badly for us we should not lose heart, but always hoping for a change for the better, steadfastly continue searching for the solutions to our problems.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), Statesman, philosopher, inventor, scientist, musician, economist

“Apart from logical thinking and planning ahead, children also learn from the feedback they get in playing chess. They can see their own thinking process in action and can start to feel responsible for their own decisions.”
Jonathan Levitt, British grandmaster

“I started playing chess when I was about 4 or 5 years old. It is very good for children to learn to play chess, because it helps them to develop their mental abilities. It also helps to consolidate a person’s character, because as it happens both in life and in a chess game we have to make decisions constantly. In chess there is no luck and no excuses: everything is in your hands.”
Vladimir Kramnik, World Chess Champion

“Chess holds its master in its own bonds, shaking the mind and brain so that the inner freedom of the very strongest must suffer.”
Albert Einstein (1879-1955), Father of Nuclear Physics, 1921 Nobel Prize winner

“The beauty of chess is it can be whatever you want it to be. It transcends language, age, race, religion, politics, gender, and socioeconomic background. Whatever your circumstances, anyone can enjoy a good fight to the death over the chess board.”
Simon Williams, Chess Grand Master

“Chess is rarely a game of ideal moves. Almost always, a player faces a series of difficult consequences whichever move he makes.”
David Shenk, American writer

“You may learn much more from a game you lose than from a game you win. You will have to lose hundreds of games before becoming a good player.”
José Raúl Capablanca, Chess grandmaster

“As proved by evidence, [chess is] more lasting in its being and presence than all books and achievements; the only game that belongs to all people and all ages; of which none knows the divinity that bestowed it on the world, to slay boredom, to sharpen the senses, to exhilarate the spirit.”
Stefan Zweig, Austrian novelist