Tactics is knowing what to do when there is something to do. Strategy is knowing what to do when there is nothing to do.
The winner is the one who makes the next-to-last mistake.
No one ever won a game by resigning.
A Chess game is divided into three stages: the first, when you hope you have the advantage, the second when you believe you have an advantage, and the third... when you know you're going to lose!
I talk to myself because I like dealing with a better class of people.
Some part of a mistake is always correct
The ability to create and to control the tension of battle is perhaps the principal attainment of the great player.
The first essential for an attack is the will to attack.
To avoid losing a piece, many a person has lost the game
A game is always won through a mistake.
Seize the outpost K5 with your knight, and you can go to sleep. Checkmate will come by itself.
The tactician must know what to do whenever something needs doing; the strategist must know what to do when nothing needs doing
The mistakes are there, waiting to be made
Any opening is good enough, if its reputation is bad enough.
In chess, there is only one mistake: over-estimation of your opponent. All else is either bad luck or weakness.
I never defeated a healthy opponent.
A Queen's sacrifice, even when fairly obvious, always rejoices the heart of the chess-lover.
Like the alchemist of old, for ever searching for the philosopher's stone, the analyst to-day never stops looking for stronger moves to prevent the defender from establishing equality.
All Chess players should have a hobby
As for me, I am unfortunate enough not to posses a happy temperament like Najdorf, who views every happening in a rosy light and avoids any possibility of self-criticism. I am one of those unlucky skeptics who never overlook the dark side of even the happiest experience.
It is said that an ounce of common sense can outweigh a ton of 'variations'.
Chess is a fairy tale of 1001 blunders.
Lasker thought that his rationalism rendered him immune from the surprises of chess theory.
Whenever Black succeeds in assuming the initiative in maintaining it to a successful conclusion, the sporting spirit of the chess lover feels gratified, because it shows that the resources of the game are far from being exhausted.
It's always better to sacrifice your opponent's men
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