Pawns not only create the sketch for the whole painting, they are also the soil, the foundation, of any position
Chess is everything: art, science, and sport.
The ideal in chess can only be a collective image, but in my opinion it is Capablanca who most closely approaches this ...
By all means examine the games of the great chess players, but don't swallow them whole. Their games are valuable not for their separate moves, but for their vision of chess, their way of thinking.
I still remember Botvinnik's reaction to each of my games, right from the opening moves. At first he would express amazement, then annoyance, and, finally irritation.
This whole fuss did not only damage Fischer's image, but that of the USA as well. The way the Americans treated one of their most popular citizens did not make a positive impression worldwide.
I lost the match. I blame only myself for this. There were many opportunities to win. But I missed them, no one else.
The first great chess players, including the world champion, got by perfectly well without constant coaches.
Chess is a very tough game, and psychologically a tough game. And of course, chess needs a lot of qualities, human qualities. And so you must have a very strong nervous system, and then you must be well prepared; you must be able to work a lot.
Style, I've got no style.
To be champion requires more than simply being a strong player; one has to be a strong human being as well.
I don't pretend to anything more than harmony.
Happiness should always remain a bit incomplete. After all, dreams are boundless.
The truth is that my chess development was nothing out of the ordinary, and it proceeded probably at a pace no faster than others.
It doesn't require much for misfortune to strike in the King's Gambit - one incautious move, and Black can be on the edge of the abyss.
If the opponent offers keen play I don't object; but in such cases I get less satisfaction, even if I win, than from a game conducted according to all the rules of strategy with its ruthless logic.
It is dangerous to maintain equality at the cost of placing the pieces passively.
Just make the right estimation of your own strengths and weaknesses, and also that of your opponent.
If you want to become a World Champion you should avoid playing in Open tournaments.
I still love to play chess. So I do not even spend a minute on the possibility to step back.
The fact that a knight is temporarily on the edge of the board is of no great significance.
Combinations with a queen sacrifice are among the most striking and memorable.
Bulgaria is the first state that has been awarded for its excellent fight against iodine deficiency by UNICEF
Like dogs who sniff each other when meeting, chess players have a ritual at first acquaintance: they sit down to play speed chess.
Playing black, I put great stake in the Ruy Lopez: I liked it, feel it, and understand it; in matches with Hjartarson and Timman it served me well. - on preparing for World Championship versus Garry Kasparov
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