All Chess players should have a hobby
A strong memory, concentration, imagination, and a strong will is required to become a great Chess player
Women, by their nature, are not exceptional chess players: they are not great fighters.
The game gives us a satisfaction that Life denies us. And for the Chess player, the success which crowns his work, the great dispeller of sorrows, is named 'combination'.
Whoever sees no other aim in the game than that of giving checkmate to one's opponent will never become a good Chess player
Ultimately, what separates a Winner from a Loser at the Grandmaster level is the Willingness to do the Unthinkable.
We cannot resist the fascination of sacrifice, since a passion for sacrifices is part of a Chessplayer's nature
There are tough players and nice guys, and I'm a tough player
Chess is so inspiring that I do not believe a good player is capable of haviong an evil thought during the game.
One does not succeed by sticking to convention.
First-class players lose to second-class players because second-class players sometimes play a first-class game
Playing rapid chess, one can lose the habit of concentrating for several hours in serious chess. That is why, if a player has big aims, he should limit his rapidplay in favour of serious chess.
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.
The chess-board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us.
These young guys are playing checkers. I'm out there playing chess.
You can't overestimate the importance of psychology in chess, and as much as some players try to downplay it, I believe that winning requires a constant and strong psychology not just at the board but in every aspect of your life.
Any experienced player knows how a change in the character of the play influences your psychological mood.
One does not succeed by sticking to convention. When your opponent can easily anticipate every move you make, your strategy deteriorates and becomes commoditized.
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!
I claim that nothing else is so effective in encouraging the growth of chess strength as such independent analysis, both of the games of the great players and your own.
The intelligent perusal of fine games cannot fail to make the reader a better player and a better judge of the play of others.
Most players ... do not like losing, and consider defeat as something shameful. This is a wrong attitude. Those who wish to perfect themselves must regard their losses as lessons and learn from them what sorts of things to avoid in the future.
This is the essential element that cannot be measured by any analysis or device, and I believe it's at the heart of success in all things: the power of intuition and the ability to harness and use it like a master.
A brilliant strategy is, certainly, a matter of intelligence, but intelligence without audaciousness is not enough.
Chess is like a language, the top players are very fluent at it. Talent can be developed scientifically but you have to find first what you are good at.
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