Kobe "Playing Chess!"
"These young guys are playing checkers. I'm out there playing chess." (Kobe Bryant)
Kobe Bryant is a great basketball player and is well known for a good quote, however he is not the first to make the comparison between checkers and chess ........
"I'm like Bush, I see the world more like checkers than chess." (Dennis Miller)
"Dealing with a trained operative is like playing chess with a master. Dealing with criminals, on the other hand, is like playing checkers with a three year-old. They like to change the rules." (Burn Notice (2007))
It's not that the Democrats are playing checkers and the Republicans are playing chess. It's that the Republicans are playing chess and the Democrats are in the nurse's office because once again they glued their balls to their thighs.” (Jon Stewart (2006) - America (The Book): A Citizen's guide to Democracy Inaction)
"You guys have no imagination. It's like you're playing checkers ... and I'm playing chess." ("Dodger" from Cry Wolf (2005))
""Silent fims were easier, when you added the voice it became much more complicated and its really the difference between checkers and chess." (Woody Allen. A Life in Film (2002 TV))
This Sh!#'s chess, it ain't checkers." ("Alonzo" from Training Day (2001))
Getting back to elite athletes and chess, here are a couple more comparisons ..........
"Football is like chess, only without the dice". (attributed to a German player)
"Some guys play hockey. Gretzky plays 40 mph chess." (Lowell Cohn, sportswriter)