Chess Quotes list
 01 “When you see a good move, look for a better one”
(Emanuel Lasker)
 02 Nothing excites jaded Grandmasters more than a theoretical novelty
(Dominic Lawson)
 03 The Pin is mightier than the sword
(Fred Reinfeld)
 04 We cannot resist the fascination of sacrifice, since a passion for
sacrifices is part of a Chessplayer’s nature

(Rudolf Spielman)
 05 “All I want to do, ever, is just play Chess”
(Bobby Fischer)
 06 A win by an unsound combination, however showy,
fills me with artistic horror

(Wilhelm Steinitz)
 07 The chessboard is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the
Universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature
and the player on the other side is hidden from us

(Thomas Huxley)
 08 Adequate compensation for a sacrifice is having a sound combination leading to a winning position; adequate compensation for a blunder is
having your opponent snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

(Bruce A. Moon)
 09 Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation
(Max Euwe)
10 I don’t believe in psychology. I believe in good moves
(Bobby Fischer)
11 Modern Chess is too much concerned with things like
Pawn structure. Forget it, Checkmate ends the game

(Nigel Short)
12 Life is a kind of Chess, with struggle, competition, good and ill events
(Benjamin Franklin)
13 “Even the laziest King flees wildly in the face of a double check!”
(Aaron Nimzowitsch)
14 Combinations have always been the most intriguing aspect of Chess.
The masters look for them, the public applauds
them, the critics
praise them. It is because combinations
are possible that Chess
is more than a lifeless
mathematical exercise. They are the
poetry of the game;
they are to Chess what melody is to
music. They represent
the triumph of mind over matter
(Reuben Fine)
15 “I give 98 percent of my mental energy to Chess”
Others give only 2 percent

(Bobby Fischer)
16 Chess is a fairy tale of 1001 blunders
(Savielly Tartakower)
17 Chess is no whit inferior to the violin, and we have a
large number of professional violinists

(Mikhail Botvinnik)
18 Only the player with the initiative has the right to attack
(Wilhelm Steinitz)
19 “The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake”
(Savielly Tartakover)
 20 “Your body has to be in top condition. Your Chess deteriorates
as your body does. You can’t separate body from mind”
(Bobby Fischer)
 21 Of Chess it has been said that life is not long
enough for it, but that is the fault of life, not Chess

(William Ewart Napier)
 22 “I have added these principles to the law: get the Knights
into action before both Bishops are developed”
(Emanuel Lasker)
 23 Life is like a game of Chess, changing with each move
(Chinese proverb)
 24 You cannot play at Chess if you are kind-hearted
(French Proverb)
 25 Its just you and your opponent at the board
and you’re trying to prove something

(Bobby Fischer)
 26 It is the aim of the modern school, not to treat every position
according to one general law, but according to
the principle inherent in the position

(Richard Reti)
 27 The Pawns are the soul of the game
(Francois Andre Danican Philidor)
 28 “In order to improve your game, you must study the endgame before
everything else, for whereas the endings can be studied and
mastered by themselves, the middle game and the opening
must be studied in relation to the endgame”
(Jose Raul Capablanca)
 29 Without error there can be no brilliancy
(Emanuel Lasker)
 30 Chess is like war on a board
(Bobby Fischer)
 31 Chess is played with the mind and not with the hands!
(Renaud and Kahn)
 32 Chess is mental torture
(Garry Kasparov)
 33 Many have become Chess Masters,
no one has become the Master of Chess

(Siegbert Tarrasch)
 34 The most important feature of the Chess position is the activity of the
pieces. This is absolutely fundamental in all phases of the game:
Opening, Middlegame and especially Endgame. The primary
constraint on a piece’s activity is the Pawn structure

(Michael Stean)
 35 You have to have the fighting spirit. You have
to force moves and take chances

(Bobby Fischer)
 36 Could we look into the head of a Chess player,
we should see there a whole world of feelings,
images, ideas, emotion and passion

(Alfred Binet)
 37 “Openings teach you openings. Endgames teach you chess!”
(Stephan Gerzadowicz)
 38 My style is somewhere between that of Tal and Petrosian
 39 “Play the opening like a book, the middle game like
a magician, and the endgame like a machine”
 40 That’s what Chess is all about. One day you give your
opponent a lesson, the next day he gives you one

(Bobby Fischer)
 41 Some part of a mistake is always correct
(Savielly Tartakover)
 42 Methodical thinking is of more use in Chess than inspiration
(C. J. S. Purdy)
 43 When in doubt… play Chess!
 44 Who is your opponent tonight,
tonight I am playing against the Black pieces

(Akiba Rubinstein)
 45 I like the moment when I break a man’s ego
(Bobby Fischer)
 46 Excellence at Chess is one mark of a scheming mind
(Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
 47 A bad day of Chess is better than any good day at work
 48 Chess is the art of analysis
(Mikhail Botvinnik)
 49 The mistakes are there, waiting to be made
(Savielly Tartakower)
 50 There are tough players and nice guys, and I’m a tough player
(Bobby Fischer)
 51 After black’s reply to 1.e4 with 1..e5, leaves him
always trying to get into the game

(Howard S
 52 A player surprised is half beaten
 53 A passed Pawn increases in strength as the number
of pieces on the board diminishes

 54 The essence of Chess is thinking about what Chess is
(David Bronstein) 
 55 I am the best player in the world and I am here to prove it
(Bobby Fischer)
 56 Chess is a forcing house where the fruits of
character can ripen more fully than in life

(Edward Morgan Foster)
 57 Half the variations which are calculated in a tournament game
turn out to be completely superfluous. Unfortunately, no one
knows in advance which half

(Jan Tinman)
 58 Chess is as much a mystery as women
 59 Good positions don’t win games, good moves do
(Gerald Abrahams)
 60 If I win a tournament, I win it by myself.
I do the playing. Nobody helps me

(Bobby Fischer)
 61 What would Chess be without silly mistakes?
(Kurt Richter)
 62 Before the endgame, the Gods have placed the middle game
(Siegbert Tarrasch)
 63 Chess was Capablanca’s mother tongue
 64 Alekhine is a poet who creates a work of art out of something
that would hardly inspire another man to
send home a picture post card

(Max Euwe)
 65 Don’t even mention losing to me. I can’t stand to think of it
(Bobby Fischer)
 66 During a Chess competition a Chessmaster should be a
combination of a beast of prey and a monk

(Alexander Alekhine)
 67 “No one ever won a game by resigning”
(Saviely Tartakower)
 68 The defensive power of a pinned piece is only imaginary
(Aaron Nimzovich)
 69 “When the Chess game is over, the Pawn and
the King go back to the same box”
(Irish saying)
 70 A strong memory, concentration, imagination, and a strong will
is required to become a great Chess player

(Bobby Fischer)
 71 “Every Chess master was once a beginner”
 72 One doesn’t have to play well, it’s
enough to play better than your opponent

(Siegbert Tarrasch)
 73 “Chess is above all, a fight!”
(Emanuel Lasker)
 74 Discovered check is the dive bomber of the Chessboard
(Reuben Fine)
 75 I know people who have all the will in the world,
but still can’t play good Chess

(Bobby Fischer)
 76 A Chess game is a dialogue, a conversation between a player and his opponent. Each move by the opponent may contain threats or be a
blunder, but a player cannot defend against threats or take
advantage of blunders if he does not first ask himself:
What is my opponent planning after each move?

(Bruce A. Moon)
 77 “The hardest game to win is a won game”
(Emanuel Lasker)
 78 The most powerful weapon in Chess is to have the next move
(David Bronstein)
 79 He who fears an isolated Queen’s Pawn should give up Chess
(Siegbert Tarrasch)
 80 Different people feel differently about resigning
(Bobby Fischer)
 81 Chess is not like life… it has rules!
(Mark Pasternak)
 82 Why must I lose to this idiot?
(Aron Nimzovich)
 83 It’s always better to sacrifice your opponent’s men
(Savielly Tartakover)
 84 To avoid losing a piece, many a person has lost the game
(Savielly Tartakover)
 85 All that matters on the Chessboard is good moves
(Bobby Fischer)
 86 Help your pieces so they can help you
(Paul Morphy)
 87 In a gambit you give up a Pawn for the sake of getting a lost game
(Samuel Standige Boden)
 88 It is not enough to be a good player… you must also play well
iegbert Tarrasch)
 89 A sacrifice is best refuted by accepting it
(Wilhelm Steinitz)
 90 Tactics flow from a superior position
(Bobby Fischer)
 91 “Later, I began to succeed in decisive games. Perhaps
because I realized a very simple truth: not only
was I worried, but also my opponent”
(Mikhail Tal)
 92 Chess is life
(Bobby Fischer)
 93 “Chess is a beautiful mistress”
(Bent Larsen)
 94 Some sacrifices are sound; the rest are mine
(Mikhail Tal)
 95 “Best by test: 1. e4”
(Bobby Fischer)
 96 A bad plan is better than none at all
(Frank Marshall)
 97 Chess books should be used as we use glasses: to assist
the sight, although some players make use of them as if
they thought they conferred sight

(Jose Raul Capablanca)
 98 There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones and mine
(Mikhail Tal)
 99 “Morphy was probably the greatest genius of them all”
(Bobby Fischer)
 100 “My opponents make good moves too. Sometimes
I don’t take these things into consideration”
(Bobby Fischer)

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