Chess Quotes for Entrepreneurs

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Chess Quotes For Entrepreneurs

A long one from Stanley Kubrick quoted in Kubrick by Michael Ciment

“First of all, even the greatest International Grandmasters, however deeply they analyze a position, can seldom see to the end of the game. So their decision about each move is partly based on intuition. I was a pretty good chess-player but, of course, not in that class. Before I had anything better to do (making movies), I played in chess tournaments at the Marshall and Manhattan Chess Clubs in New York, and for money in parks and elsewhere.

Among a great many other things that chess teaches you is to control the initial excitement you feel when you see something that looks good. It trains you to think before grabbing, and to think just as objectively when you’re in trouble.

When you’re making a film you have to make most of your decisions on the run, and there is a tendency to always shoot from the hip. It takes more discipline than you might imagine to think, even for thirty seconds, in the noisy, confusing, high-pressure atmosphere of a film set, But a few seconds’ thought can often prevent a serious mistake being made about something that looks good at first glance. With respect to films, chess is more useful preventing you from making mistakes than giving you ideas. Ideas come spontaneously and the discipline required to evaluate and put them to use tends to be the real work.”

And a few shorter ones

“Good positions don’t win games, good moves do.”
Gerald Abrahams

“When the Chess game is over, the Pawn and the King go back to the same box”
Irish proverb

“A bad plan is better than none at all.”
Frank Marshall

“Daring ideas are like Chess men moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“It is not a move, even the best move that you must seek, but a realizable plan”
Eugene Znosko-Borovsky

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