"What is important is to take chess, and what chess teaches you, everywhere for the rest of your life. The enjoyment, the concentration, the work ethic, the pride, the friendship - all are more important than rating points or the ability to find a mate in four. But for a few, chess is like a native language, as beautiful as any music, as any work of art. And maybe it will become as special to you as it was, and is, to me."
Inspiring words spoken by 13th World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov on April 3 at SuperNationals IV. Thanks to GM Susan Polgar's chess blog for this quote.