"Chess holds its master in its own bonds, shackling the mind and brain so that the inner freedom of the very strongest must suffer."

--Albert Einstein

"A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas. A painter make patters with shape and colours a poet with words. The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's must be beautiful; the ideas like the colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics."

-- G.H. Hardy  

"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