Modern Chess is too much concerned with things like Pawn structure. Forget it, Checkmate ends the game
I am acutely conscious, from vast experience in opens, that guys around, say 2100 or more can definitely play chess and that one often has to work very hard to beat them.
If chess is a vast jungle, computers are the chainsaws in a giant environmentally insensitive logging company.
A good sacrifice is one that is not necessarily sound but leaves your opponent dazed and confused.
If your opponent offers you a draw, try to work out why he thinks he's worse off
I play way too much blitz chess. It rots the brain just as surely as alcohol.
I cannot claim to thoroughly enjoy coaching, because it is very hard work if you are even moderately conscientious. Nevertheless it does provide a degree of satisfaction - not to mention a steady income, which is why I do it occasionally.
Surely, serious problems can't be solved just by talking about them.
I know that with perfect play, God versus God, Fritz versus Fritz, chess is a draw.
Chess is ruthless: you've got to be prepared to kill people.
Unlike my esteemed colleague Garry Kasparov, I don't restrict the strength of opposition to Elo <2000, as fly-swatting makes poor spectator sport. (on simultaneous exhibitions)
Chess is, in essence, a game for children. Computers have exacerbated the trends towards youth because they now have an immensely powerful tool at their disposal and can absorb vast amounts of information extremely quickly.
Of course I'm not a racist, but I'm certainly right wing, there's no question about that.
We have a large underclass in Britain, and a fairly low standard of education. Our best universities are extremely good, but a very significant proportion of the British population that comes out of compulsory schooling with very low standards of education.
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