“The board must be square and reflects the earth. The lines must be straight like divine virtue. There are black and white pieces, yin and yang—their arrangement on the board, a model of the of mind of heaven.”
-Ban Gu, Historian, Born AD 32

Confucius said: “How much better to play these games than be idle.”

“Among a great many other things the game teaches you is to control the initial excitement you feel when you see something that looks good. It trains you to think before grabbing and to think just as objectively when you’re in trouble.”
-Stanley Kubrick, Filmmaker 

“The game helps you to concentrate, improve your logic. It teaches you to play by the rules and take responsibility for your actions, how to problem solve in an uncertain environment.”
-Garry Kasparov, Chess Grandmaster

“I felt that this… is a science in the form of a game… I consider myself a scientist. I wanted to be treated like a scientist.”
-Bobby Fischer, Chess Grandmaster

“Crossword puzzles, Sudoku… I’m good at all those things. It’s not daily, but I’ll do stuff on the airplane. I love playing chess. It’s my favorite game.”
-Larry Fitzgerald, Strategist, All-Pro Receiver