If you look at the universe and study the universe, what you find is that there is no evidence that we need anything other than the laws of physics and the other laws of science to explain everything we see. There's absolutely no evidence that we need any supernatural hand of god. -- Lawrence Krauss, World-Renowned Physicist
There is probably no other notion in any field of science that has been as extensively tested and as thoroughly corroborated as the evolutionary origin of living organisms. -- Encyclopedia Britannica
FAITH. No one word personifies the absolute worst and most wicked properties of religion better than that. Faith is mind-rot. It’s the poison that destroys critical thinking, undermines evidence, and leads people into lives dedicated to absurdity. It’s a parasite regarded as a virtue. -- PZ Myers
Religion is the antithesis of science, an anesthetic for the mind that disables critical thought and encourages the acceptance of inanity as fact, and wishful thinking as evidence. -- PZ Myers

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

What I wrote about my favorite chess quotes at Lichess.org

What are your favorite quotes about chess?

This is the best chess quote in my opinion:
"lichess is better, but it's free." -- Thibault Duplessis

Some people might disagree with this quote but I like it so much I put it in my lichess profile. I found it in the book "Bronstein on the King's Indian" by David Bronstein with Ken Neat.
"Winning or losing is not the main idea of chess at all. A chess game is in fact a friendly exchange of intentions, hidden in individual moves. You always have the choice either of putting into action your planned move, or of first calmly preventing the intended move of the friend with whom you are playing chess in this brief, finite moment of your life."

This is good advice:
"It is a well known phenomenon that the same amateur who can conduct the middle game quite creditably, is usually perfectly helpless in the end game. One of the principal requisites of good chess is the ability to treat both the middle and end game equally well."
-- Aron Nimzowitsch

"How can I lose to such an idiot?"
-- Aron Nimzowitsch

"The game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind are to be acquired and strengthened by it, so as to become habits ready on all occasions, for life is a kind of chess."
-- Benjamin Franklin

"There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones and mine."
-- Mikhail Tal

"If Tal sacrifices a piece, take it. If Petrosian sacrifices a piece, don't take it."
-- Mikhail Botvinnik

"Chess is war over the board. The object is to crush the opponents mind."
-- Bobby Fischer

"The turning point in my career came with the realization that Black should play to win instead of just steering for equality."

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