We can compare classical chess and rapid chess with theatre and cinema - some actors don't like the latter and prefer to work in the theatre.
A man who is willing to commit suicide has the initiative.
Which do I prefer? Sex or chess? It depends on the position.
Often, in the Ruy Lopez, one must be patient, wait and carry on a lengthy and wearisome struggle.
My forte was the middlegame. I had a good feeling for the critical moments of the play. This undoubtedly compensated for my lack of opening preparation and, possibly, not altogether perfect play in the endgame. In my games things often did not reach the endgame!
When you play Bobby, it is not a question if you win or lose. It is a question if you survive.
I also follow chess on the Internet, where Kasparov's site is very interesting.
When I am in form, my style is a little bit stubborn, almost brutal. Sometimes I feel a great spirit of fight which drives me on.
The power of hanging Pawns is based precisely in their Mobility, in their Ability to create acute situations instantly.
The shortcoming of hanging pawns is that they present a convenient target for attack. As the exchange of men proceeds, their potential strength lessens and during the endgame they turn out, as a rule, to be weak.
I still hope to kill Fischer
After I won the title, I was confronted with the real world. People do not behave naturally anymore - hypocrisy is everywhere.
In my country, at that time, being a champion of chess was like being a King. At that time I was a King and when you are King you feel a lot of responsibility, but there is nobody there to help you.
The best indicator of a Chess Player's form is his ability to sense the Climax of the game.
Nowadays the dynamic element is more important in chess - players more often sacrifice material to obtain dynamic compensation.
For example, computer defends well, but for humans its is harder to defend than attack, particularly with the modern time control.
Bobby Fischer has an enormous knowledge of chess and his familiarity with the chess literature of the USSR is immense.
Time control directly influences the quality of play.
There is only one thing Fischer does in Chess without pleasure: to lose!
Nowadays there is more dynamism in chess, modern players like to take the initiative. Usually they are poor defenders though.
Recently I saw Kasparov and he looked to me as still young and potent champion.
I think that the World Champion should try to defend the quality of play more than anyone else.
Nowadays young people have great choice of occupations, hobbies, etc, so chess is experiencing difficulties because of the high competition. Now it's hard to make living in chess, so our profession does attract young people.
The best tournament that I have ever played in was in 1950. It was great - a waiter came to you during the game, and you could order anything you wanted to drink (even some vodka, if you liked). Pity, there are no longer tournaments organized in this manner...
The Soviet Union was an exception, but even there chess players were not rich. Only Fischer changed that.
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