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 ...
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.
Happiness should always remain a bit incomplete. After all, dreams are boundless.
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.
To be champion requires more than simply being a strong player; one has to be a strong human being as well.
Style, I've got no style.
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.
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.
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.
I don't pretend to anything more than harmony.
The first great chess players, including the world champion, got by perfectly well without constant coaches.
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.
You can't play chess if you're groggy from pills.
The truth is that my chess development was nothing out of the ordinary, and it proceeded probably at a pace no faster than others.
Like dogs who sniff each other when meeting, chess players have a ritual at first acquaintance: they sit down to play speed chess.
The fact that a knight is temporarily on the edge of the board is of no great significance.
The days when it was possible to win a serious game only by merit of sporting character or depth of chess understanding have vanished forever. Chess knowledge has become dominant, bypassing all the other factors that contribute to success.
I like 1.e4 very much, but my results are better with 1.d4.
My studies with Botvinnik brought me immense benefit, particularly the homework assignments which forced me to refer to chess books and to work independently.
An amusing fact: as far as I can recall, when playing the Ruy Lopez I have not yet once in my life had to face the Marshall Attack!
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