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.
Blunders rarely travel alone.
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.
It is dangerous to maintain equality at the cost of placing the pieces passively.
Happiness should always remain a bit incomplete. After all, dreams are boundless.
The ideal in chess can only be a collective image, but in my opinion it is Capablanca who most closely approaches this.
I don't pretend to anything more than harmony.
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.
You can't play chess if you're groggy from pills.
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 very strong nervous system and then you must be well prepared, you must be able to work a lot.
Just make the right estimation of your own strengths and weaknesses, and also that of your opponent.
Style, I've got no style.
I lost the match. I blame only myself for this. There were many opportunities to win. But I missed them, no one else.
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.
The fact that a knight is temporarily on the edge of the board is of no great significance.
Chess is my life, but my life is not chess.
I have found after 1.d4 there are more opportunities for richer play.
The first great chess players, including the world champion, got by perfectly well without constant coaches.
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.
Combinations with a queen sacrifice are among the most striking and memorable.
I still love to play chess. So I do not even spend a minute on the possibility to step back.
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.
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