15 Movie Quotes about Chess

15 Movie Quotes about Chess

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Chess is one of the oldest games in the world dating back over 1500 years. It is played everyday around the world and brings people of different cultures and backgrounds together. It is known as a noble game, a "game of kings“. If you ever wanted to learn to play chess, this is the sign to finally do it, as it has a lot of benefits: it improves the ability to think rationally, increases cognitive skills, stimulates visualizing and it helps you learn and develop patience and thoughtfulness. Here are the best movie quotes about chess to inspire you.

From the movie: The Shawshank Redemption

“- Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding: King me.
- Andy Dufresne: Chess. Now there's a game of kings.
- Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding: What?
- Andy Dufresne: Civilized. Strategic...
- Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding: ...and a total fuckin' mystery. I hate it.”

playing checkers

Morgan Freeman - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
Tim Robbins - Andy Dufresne

From the TV Series: Criminal Minds

“In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.”

Isaac Asimov

Matthew Gray Gubler - Dr. Spencer Reid

From the TV Series: The Queen's Gambit

“It’s an entire world of just 64 squares. I feel safe in it. I can control it, I can dominate it. And it’s predictable. So, if I get hurt, I only have myself to blame.”

[about a chessboard]

Anya Taylor-Joy - Beth Harmon

From the movie: xXx: State of the Union

“I don't know what's more pathetic - a man that plays chess with himself, or a man that doesn't see he's already lost.”

talking to Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons

Willem Dafoe - General George Deckert

From the movie: Blazing Saddles

“- Bart: Well, Jim, since you are my guest and I am your host, what's your pleasure? What do you like to do?
- Jim: Oh, I don't know. Play chess... screw...
- Bart: [quickly] Well, let's play chess.”

Cleavon Little - Bart
Gene Wilder - Jim

From the movie: History of the World, Part I

“Knight jumps queen! Bishop jumps queen! Pawns jump queen! Gangbang!”

Mel Brooks - King Louis XVI

From the movie: Pawn Sacrifice

“Chess is basically a search for truth, right?”

Tobey Maguire - Bobby Fisher

From the movie: Straw Dogs

“- David Sumner: Baby. You don't have to learn chess to please me.
- Amy Sumner: I'm not learning chess to please you, baby. I'm learning so I can kick your ass.”

James Marsden - David Sumner
Kate Bosworth - Amy Sumner

From the movie: A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

“- Dulcy: I wouldn't mind learning chess.
- Leopold: I feel it would be tame for you.
- Dulcy: I like the way the stallions look.
- Leopold: They're called knights. That's a knight. Not a stallion.”

Julie Hagerty - Dulcy
Jose Ferrer - Leopold

From the movie: Knight Moves

“Chess is a reflexion of life, life is violent. The strong win, the weak perish.”

Christopher Lambert - Peter Sanderson

From the movie: Traitor

“In chess and in war the key to winning is to anticipate what your opponent will do in advance. Think two moves ahead. The art of asymmetrical warfare is less about inflicting damage than provoking a response.”

Raad Rawi - Nathir

From the movie: Knight Moves

“- Kathy Sheppard: I've always wanted to learn how to play chess. It seems like a complicated game.
- Peter Sanderson: Well, not really. You see your goal and go after it. Anything that gets in the way is an obstacle and must be destroyed.”

Diane Lane - Kathy Sheppard
Christopher Lambert - Peter Sanderson

From the movie: Searching for Bobby Fischer

“I'm playing chess with my dad. Chess. It's a game, like Monopoly.”

talking to a friend on the phone

Max Pomeranc - Josh Waitzkin

From the movie: The President's Man

“- Sgt. Deke Slater: I hate this stupid game.
- Que: That's only because you're so bad at it.”

after Que beats him at chess

Dylan Neal - Sgt. Deke Slater
Jennifer Tung - Que

From the movie: Searching for Bobby Fischer

“What is chess, do you think? Those who play for fun or not at all dismiss it as a game. The ones who devote their lives to it for the most part insist that it's a science. It's neither. Bobby Fischer got underneath it like no one before and found at its center, art.”

Ben Kingsley - Bruce Pandolfini