Chess is everything: art, science, and sport.
In chess, there is only one mistake: over-estimation of your opponent. All else is either bad luck or weakness.
Chess is a great game. No matter how good one is, there is always somebody better. No matter how bad one is, there is always somebody worse.
These young guys are playing checkers. I'm out there playing chess.
Every great master will find it useful to have his own theory on the openings, which only he himself knows, a theory which is closely linked with plans for the middle game.
A good player is always lucky.
Chess is not for timid souls.
The beauty of a move lies not in its appearance but in the thought behind it.
There are no hopeless positions; there are only inferior positions that can be saved. There are no drawn positions; there are only equal ones in which you can play for a win. But at the same time, don't forget that there is no such thing as a won position in which it is impossible to lose.
That's what Chess is all about. One day you give your opponent a lesson, the next day he gives you one
The game of chess is the most fascinating and intellectual pastime which the wisdom of antiquity has bequeathed to us.
Help your pieces so they can help you
Alekhine is a poet who creates a work of art out of something that would hardly inspire another man to send home a picture post card.
If once a man delays castling and his king remains in the center, files will open up against him, bishops sweep the board, rooks will dominate the seventh rank, and pawns turn into queens.
Chess is eminently and emphatically the philospher's game.
Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy.
When I started out playing chess as a kid I thought I should be world champion. As a kid you have no idea what that means and you only sort of picture it. It is hard to imagine that I waited all those years and it happened in a late stage of my career.
The laws of chess do not permit a free choice: you have to move whether you like it or not.
The human element, the human flaw and the human nobility - those are the reasons that chess matches are won or lost.
The power of hanging Pawns is based precisely in their Mobility, in their Ability to create acute situations instantly.
The knight is renowned for, among other things, its suitability as a blockader ... Because its strength lies in short-range operations it is not uncomfortable standing in a single spot for long periods, as the Bishop is.
In chess, as in life, a man is his own most dangerous opponent.
I believe that Chess possesses a magic that is also a help in advanced age. A rheumatic knee is forgotten during a game of chess and other events can seem quite unimportant in comparison with a catastrophe on the chessboard.
Chess is a matter of delicate judgement, knowing when to punch and how to duck.
No one ever won a game by resigning.
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