It’s very important not to put pressure on a child. Make sure that she/he feels that whatever happens it’s not the end of the world. If they cry after a loss that’s normal, as adults also hate to lose. If they win a game you should make them feel very proud but make sure they know the next game will be another challenge.  –  Judit Polgar


In chess the most unbelievable thing for me is that it’s a game for everybody: rich, poor, girl, boy, old, young. It’s a fantastic game which can unite people and generations! It’s a language which you’ll find people “speak” in every country. If you reach a certain level you find a very rich world! Art, sport, logic, psychology, a battlefield, imagination, creativity not only in practical games but don’t forget either how amazing a feeling it is to compose a study, for example (unfortunately that’s not appreciated these days but it’s a fantastic part of chess!).  –  Judit Polgar


When a chess player looks at the board, he does not see a static mosaic, a ‘still life’, but a magnetic field of forces, charged with energy – as Faraday saw the stresses surrounding magnets and currents as curves in space; or as Van Gogh saw vortices in the skies of Provence.  –  Arthur Koestler


Chess doesn’t make you smarter. However I do think it teaches good thinking habits, to take everything into account, not jump to conclusions, and weigh positives and negatives objectively. These thinking habits can in turn lead to “smarter” decision making. At the end of the day, the only thing studying chess does is make you better at chess, but the self discipline required to become better at chess can indeed spill over into everyday life. – Phyisis on Reddit.com


Those who know the marvels of chess and wonder why this game of all games does not enjoy greater popularity may also ask why Pepsi-Cola is consumed by more people than Chateau Lafite, or the Beatles are more familiar than Beethoven.  –  Gregor Piatigorsky


Chess is a sport. A violent sport.  –  Marcel Duchamp


Amberley excelled at chess – a mark, Watson, of a scheming mind.  – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Chess makes man wiser and clear-sighted.  –  Vladimir Putin


It has always been recognized that chess is an art, and its best practitioners have been described as artists.  –  Alexander Kotov


The game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind are to be acquired and strengthened by it, so as to become habits ready on all occasions, for life is a kind of chess.  –  Benjamin Franklin


Chess is the gymnasium of the mind.  –  Blaise Pascal


Chess is something more than a game. It is an intellectual diversion which has certain artistic qualities and many scientific elements. – Jose Capablanca