The ability to play chess is the sign of a gentleman. The ability to play chess well is the sign of a wasted life.

— Paul Morphy

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Help your pieces so they can help you

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Checkers is for tramps

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Chess is eminently and emphatically the philospher's game.

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I am more strongly confirmed than ever in the belief that the time devoted to chess is literally frittered away.

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Chess never has been and never can be aught but a recreation.

It should not be indulged in to the detriment of other and more serious avocations - should not absorb or engross the thoughts of those who worship at its shrine, but should be kept in the background, and restrained within its proper province. As a mere game, a relaxation from the severe pursuits of life, it is deserving of high commendation.

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