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Chess was a lifelong fascination that Stanley Kubrick acquired from his father “Before I had anything better to do (making movies), I played in chess tournaments at the Marshall and Manhattan Chess Clubs in New York, and for money in parks and elsewhere.” For Kubrick, his love of chess was closely connected to his attraction to the subject of war and to the process of moviemaking.
Kubrick saw the mental discipline required by the game as crucial to his success as a director: “Among a great many other things chess teaches you is to control the initial excitement you feel when you see something that looks good. It trains you to think before grabbing and to think just as objectively when you are in trouble…It takes more discipline than you can imagine to think, even for thirty seconds, in the noisy, confusing, high-pressure atmosphere of a film set. But a few seconds’ thought can often prevent a serious mistake from being made about something that looks good at first glance.”

Chess was a lifelong fascination that Stanley Kubrick acquired from his father “Before I had anything better to do (making movies), I played in chess tournaments at the Marshall and Manhattan Chess Clubs in New York, and for money in parks and elsewhere.” For Kubrick, his love of chess was closely connected to his attraction to the subject of war and to the process of moviemaking.

Kubrick saw the mental discipline required by the game as crucial to his success as a director: “Among a great many other things chess teaches you is to control the initial excitement you feel when you see something that looks good. It trains you to think before grabbing and to think just as objectively when you are in trouble…It takes more discipline than you can imagine to think, even for thirty seconds, in the noisy, confusing, high-pressure atmosphere of a film set. But a few seconds’ thought can often prevent a serious mistake from being made about something that looks good at first glance.”

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