“Like any competitive pursuit or sport, chess is an elaborate pretext for the production of stories.”

“The benign conceit of rules and points and tournaments generates a narrative experience in which you are at once co-director, actor and spectator.”

“Chess is education in the literal sense of ‘bringing forth’ and it is self-education because our stories about a game emerge as we play it, as we try to achieve our goals, just as they do in real life.”

“We grow, find meaning in life, and security in ourselves by having understood and solved personal problems on our own, not by having them explained to us by others.”

All above quotes: Jonathan Rowson, “The Moves That Matter”