"When you absolutely don't know what to do anymore, it is time to panic."
John van der Wiel
“My problem with chess was that all my pieces wanted to end the game as soon as possible.”
“Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation”
“We don't really know how the game was invented, though there are
suspicions. As soon as we discover the culprits, we'll let you know”
"The passion for playing chess is one of the most unaccountable in the world. It slaps the theory of natural selection in the face. It is the most absorbing of occupations. The least satisfying of desires. A nameless excrescence upon life. It annihilates a man. You have, let us say, a promising politician, a rising artist that you wish to destroy. Dagger or bomb are archaic and unreliable - but teach him, inoculate him with chess."
H.G. Wells, Certain Personal Matters, 1898