Help your pieces so they can help you
Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.
A passed pawn increase in strength as the number of pieces on the board diminishes.
The rules of the game are what we call the laws of nature.
The Chess pieces are the block alphabet which shapes thoughts; and these thoughts, although making a visual design on the chessboard, express their beauty abstractly, like a poem
There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones and mine
You sit at the board and suddenly your heart leaps. Your hand trembles to pick up the piece and move it. But what chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether it's really a good idea and whether there are other, better ideas.
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.
The defensive power of a pinned piece is only imaginary
The Pawns are the soul of the game
The most important feature of the Chess position is the activity of the pieces. This is absolutely fundamental in all phases of the game: Opening, Middlegame and especially Endgame. The primary constraint on a piece's activity is the Pawn structure
To avoid losing a piece, many a person has lost the game
My problem with chess was that all my pieces wanted to end the game as soon as possible.
The King is a fighting piece. Use it!
Bobby just drops the pieces and they fall on the right squares
Spying is a like a game of chess: Sometimes you have to withdraw, sometimes you have to sacrifice one of your pieces to win - preferably a knight rather than a king or queen.
I'm not much of a chess player, but there is an aspect of the game that I find fascinating. After a while, you can almost see lines of force between the pieces. Areas of danger where it is physically impossible to move pieces into. Clouds of possibility, forbidden zones.
Do you realize Fischer almost never has any bad pieces? He exchanges them, and the bad pieces remain with his opponents
Who is your opponent tonight, tonight I am playing against the Black pieces
It was like when you make a move in chess and just as you take your finger off the piece, you see the mistake you've made, and there's this panic because you don't know yet the scale of disaster you've left yourself open to.
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 feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess, when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved.
Weak points or holes in the opponent's position must be occupied by pieces not Pawns
Expect change. Analyze the landscape. Take the opportunities. Stop being the chess piece; become the player. It's your move.
A character, to be acceptable as more than a chess piece, has to be ignorant of the future, unsure about the past, and not at all sure of what he's supposed to be doing.
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