Chess Quotes list

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 101 “The combination player thinks forward; he starts from
the given position, and tries the forceful moves in his mind”
(Emanuel Lasker)
 102 A Chess game is divided into three stages: the first, when you hope
you have the advantage, the second when you believe you have an
advantage, and the third… when you know you’re going to lose!

(Savielly Tartakower)
 103 “Chess demands total concentration”
(Bobby Fischer)
 104 Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make people happy
(Siegbert Tarrasch)
 105 All my games are real
(Bobby Fischer)
106 “Chess is everything: art, science and sport”
(Anatoly Karpov)
107 “Chess is the art which expresses the science of logic”
(Mikhail Botvinnik)
108 “Not all artists are Chess players, but all Chess players are artists”
(Marcel Duchamp)
109 “Chess is imagination”
(David Bronstein)
110 “I’m not afraid of Spassky. The world knows I’m the best”
You don’t need a match to prove it
(Bobby Fischer)
111 “If cunning alone were needed to excel, women”
would be the best Chess players
112 “Chess is thirty to forty percent psychology. You don’t have this
when you play a computer. I can’t confuse it”
(Judith Polgar)
113 “On the chessboard, lies and hypocrisy do not survive long”
(Emanuel Lasker)
114 “Chess is war over the board. The object is to crush the opponents mind”
(Bobby Fischer)
115 “The passed Pawn is a criminal, who should be kept under lock and key.
Mild measures, such as police surveillance, are not sufficient”
(Aaron Nimzovich)
116 “Chess holds its master in its own bonds, shackling the mind and brain
so that the inner freedom of the very strongest must suffer”
(Albert Einstein)
117 “Human affairs are like a Chess game: only those who do not
take it seriously can be called good players”
(Hung Tzu Ch’eng)
118 “The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made”
(Savielly Tartakover)
119 “Via the squares on the chessboard, the Indians explain the movement of
time and the age, the higher influences which control the world and
the ties which link Chess with the human soul”
120 “It is no time to be playing Chess when the house is on fire”
(Italian Proverb)
121 “You sit at the board and suddenly your heart leaps. Your hand trembles to pick up the piece and move it.  But what Chess teaches you is that you
must sit there calmly and think about whether its really a good idea
and whether there are other better ideas”
(Stanley Kubrick)
122 “Daring ideas are like Chess men moved forward. They
may be beaten, but they may start a winning game”
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
123 “Of all my Russian books, the defense contains and diffuses the
greatest ’warmth’ which may seem odd seeing how
supremely abstract Chess is supposed to be”
(Vladimir Nabokov)
124 “For surely of all the drugs in the world, Chess must be
the most permanently pleasurable”
125 “A thorough understanding of the typical mating continuations makes
the most complicated sacrificial combinations leading up to them
not only not difficult, but almost a matter of course”
(Siegbert Tarrasch)
126 “Chess problems demand from the composer the same virtues that
characterize all worthwhile art: originality, invention, conciseness,
harmony, complexity, and splendid insincerity”
(Vladimir Nabokov)
127 “Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the
world Chess Championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility”
(Richard Dawkings)
128 “The boy (then a 12 year old boy named Anatoly Karpov) doesn’t have a
clue about Chess, and there’s no future at all for him in this profession”
(Mikhail Botvinnik)
129 “As one by one I mowed them down, my superiority
soon became apparent”
(Jose Capablanca)
130 “Though most people love to look at the games of the great attacking masters, some of the most successful players in history have been the
quiet positional players. They slowly grind you down by taking away your space, tying up your pieces, and leaving you with virtually nothing to do!”
(Yasser Seirawan)
131 “Chess is ruthless: you’ve got to be prepared to kill people
(Nigel Short)
132 “There must have been a time when men were demigods,
or they could not have invented Chess”
(Gustav Schenk)
133 “Chess is really ninety nine percent calculation”
134 “Chess is the gymnasium of the mind”
(Blaise Pascal)
135 “The game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very
valuable qualities of the mind are to be acquired and strengthened by
it, so as to become habits ready on all occasions; for life is a kind of Chess”
(Benjamin Franklin)
136 “Winning isn’t everything… but losing is nothing”
137 “Only sissies Castle”
(Rob Sillars)
138 “Look at Garry Kasparov. After he loses, invariably he wins the
next game. He just kills the next guy. That’s something
that we have to learn to be able to do”
(Maurice Ashley)
139 “There just isn’t enough televised Chess ”
(David Letterman)
140 “Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently.
Be the Chess player, not the Chess piece”
(Ralph Charell)
141 “Chess is a terrible game. If you have no center, your opponent
has a freer position. If you do have a center, then you
really have something to worry about!”
(Siegbert Tarrasch)
142 “Any material change in a position must come about by mate,
a capture, or a Pawn promotion”
143 “We don’t really know how the game was invented, though there are
suspicions. As soon as we discover the culprits, we’ll let you know”
(Bruce Pandolfini)
144 “The battle for the ultimate truth will never be won.
And that’s why Chess is so fascinating”
(Hans Kmoch)
145 “Chess makes man wiser and clear-sighted”
(Vladimir Putin)
146 “I am still a victim of Chess. It has all the beauty of art and much
more. It cannot be commercialized. Chess is much
purer than art in its social position”
(Marcel Duchamp)
147 “Blessed be the memory of him who gave the world this immortal game”
(A. G. Gardiner)
148 “In the perfect Chess combination as in a first-rate short story, the
whole plot and counter-plot should lead up to a striking finale,
the interest not being allayed until the very last moment”
(Yates and Winter)
149 “Castle early and often”
(Rob Sillars)
150 “I believe that Chess possesses a magic that is also a help in advanced
age. A rheumatic knee is forgotten during a game of Chess and
other events can seem quite unimportant in comparison
with a catastrophe on the chessboard”
(Vlastimil Hort)
151 “Chess is a more highly symbolic game, but the aggressions are
therefore even more frankly represented in the play. It probably
began as a war game; that is, the representation of a miniature
battle between the forces of two kingdoms”
(Karl Meninger)
152 “No Chess Grandmaster is normal; they only
differ in the extent of their madness”
(Viktor Korchnoi)
153 “Chess is 99 percent tactics”
154 “I’d rather have a Pawn than a finger”
(Reuben Fine)
155 “Chess mastery essentially consists of analyzing”
Chess positions accurately
Mikhail Botvinnik)
156 “If your opponent cannot do anything active, then don’t rush the position;
instead you should let him sit there, suffer, and beg you for a draw”
(Jeremy Silman)
157 “The Chess pieces are the block alphabet which shapes thoughts; and
these thoughts, although making a visual design on the chessboard,
express their beauty abstractly, like a poem”
(Marcel Duchamp)
158 “Examine moves that smite! A good eye for smites is far more
important than a knowledge of strategical principles”
159 “Chess is like life”
(Boris Spassky)
160 “If your opponent offers you a draw, try to work out
why he thinks he’s worse off”
(Nigel Short)
161 “Chess teaches you to control the initial excitement you feel when
you see something that looks good and it trains you to think
objectively when you’re in trouble”
(Stanley Kubrick)
162 “Let the perfectionist play postal”
(Yasser Seirawan)
163 “If Chess is a science, it’s a most inexact one. If Chess is an art, it is too
exacting to be seen as one. If Chess is a sport, it’s too esoteric. If Chess
is a game, it’s too demanding to be just a game. If Chess is a mistress,
she’s a demanding one. If Chess is a passion, it’s a rewarding
one. If Chess is life, it’s a sad one”
164 “Chess is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are
doing something very clever when they are only wasting their time”
(George Bernard Shaw)
165 “You must take your opponent into a deep dark forest where 2+2=5,
and the path leading out is only wide enough for one”
(Mikhail Tal)
166 “I feel as if I were a piece in a game of Chess, when my
opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved”
(Soren Kierkegaard)
167 “When your house is on fire, you cant be bothered with the neighbors.
Or, as we say in Chess, if your King is under attack you don’t worry
about losing a Pawn on the Queen’s side”
(Gary Kasparov)
168 “Man is a frivolous, a specious creature, and like a Chess player, cares
more for the process of attaining his goal than for the goal itself”
169 “When asked, -How is that you pick better moves than your opponents?,
I responded: I’m very glad you asked me that, because, as it happens,
there is a very simple answer. I think up my own moves, and I
make my opponent think up his”
(Alexander Alekhine)
170 “Mistrust is the most necessary characteristic of the Chess player”
(Siegbert Tarrasch)
171 “What is the object of playing a gambit opening?… To acquire a
reputation of being a dashing player at the cost of losing a game”
(Siegbert Tarrasch)
172 “Pawns: they are the soul of this game, they alone
form the attack and defense”
173 “Chess is above all, a fight!”
(Emanuel Lasker)
174 “In Chess, at least, the brave inherit the earth”
(Edmar Mednis)
175 “There are two classes of men; those who are content to yield to circumstances and who play whist; those who aim to control
circumstances, and who play Chess”
(Mortimer Collins)
176 “The tactician must know what to do whenever something needs doing;
the strategist must know what to do when nothing needs doing”
(Savielly Tartakover)
177 “When you are lonely, when you feel yourself an alien in the world, play Chess. This will raise your spirits and be your counselor in war”
178 All Chess players should have a hobby”
(Savielly Tartakower)
179 “I played Chess with him and would have beaten him sometimes only he
always took back his last move, and ran the game out differently”
(Mark Twain)
180 “The tactician knows what to do when there is something to do; whereas
the strategian knows what to do when there is nothing to do”
(Gerald Abrahams)
181 “In Chess, just as in life, today’s bliss may be tomorrow’s poison”
182 “You may learn much more from a game you lose than from a
game you win. You will have to lose hundreds of games
before becoming a good player”
(Jose Raul Capablanca)
183 “The way he plays Chess demonstrates a man’s whole nature”
(Stanley Ellin)
184 “You can only get good at Chess if you love the game”
(Bobby Fischer)
185 “A man that will take back a move at Chess will pick a pocket”
(Richard Fenton)
186 “Whoever sees no other aim in the game than that of giving checkmate
to one’s opponent will never become a good Chess player”
187 “In blitz, the Knight is stronger than the Bishop”
(Vlastimil Hort)
188 “Chess is a fighting game which is purely intellectual and includes chance”
(Richard Reti)
189 Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe
(Hindu proverb)
190 “Pawn endings are to Chess what putting is to golf”
(Cecil Purdy)
191 “Chess opens and enriches your mind”
(Saudin Robovic)
192 “The isolated Pawn casts gloom over the entire chessboard”
(Aaron Nimzovich)
193 “For me, Chess is life and every game is like a new life. Every
Chess player gets to live many lives in one lifetime”
(Eduard Gufeld)
194 “Chess is a terrific way for kids to build self image and self esteem”
(Saudin Robovic)
195 “If a ruler does not understand Chess, how can he rule over a kingdom?”
(King Khusros II)
196 “Chess is a cold bath for the mind”
(Sir John Simon)
197 “Becoming successful at Chess allows you to discover your
own personality. That’s what I want for the kids I teach”
(Saudin Robovic)
198 “Chess is so inspiring that I do not believe a good player is
capable of having an evil thought during the game”
(Wilhelm Steinitz)
199 “You are for me the Queen on d8 and I am the Pawn on d7!! ”
(GM Eduard Gufeld)
200 “By playing at Chess then, we may learn:
First: Foresight…    Second: Circumspection…    Third: Caution…
And lastly, we learn by Chess the habit of not being discouraged by
present bad appearances in the state of our affairs, the habit of hoping
for a favorable chance, and that of persevering in the secrets of resources”
(Benjamin Franklin)

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