To observe attentively is to remember distinctly

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Chess - an undertaking where mind struggles with mind

The best chess-player in Christendom may be little more than the best player of chess; but proficiency in whist implies capacity for success in all these more important undertakings where mind struggles with mind. When I say proficiency, I mean that perfection in the game which includes a comprehension of all the sources whence legitimate advantage may be derived. These are not only manifold, but multiform, and lie frequently among recesses of thought altogether inaccessible to the ordinary understanding. To observe attentively is to remember distinctly; and, so far, the concentrative chess-player will do very well at whist; while the rules of Hoyle (themselves based upon the mere mechanism of the game) are sufficiently and generally comprehensible.


by Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849)
from the story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”
available in Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems
image – Ed Yourdon

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