Top 50 Chess Quotes of All Time

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Top50ChessQuotesofAllTime EmailWrittenbyYuryMarkushinWednesday,25March201500:00Greatquotesstorebigandimportantideasinjustafewwords.Theytransportwisdomthatgreatchessplayershaveaccumulatedthroughoutdecadesofexperience.Thislistofquotesisforthosewhoisaimingforbigsuccess.Thesequoteswillbothmotivateandeducateyouforbecomingabetterchessplayer.1."BythetimeaplayerbecomesaGrandmaster,almostallofhistrainingtimeisdedicatedtoworkonthisfirstphase.Theopeningistheonlyphasethatholdsoutthepotentialfortruecreativityanddoingsomethingentirelynew."GarryKasparov2."Whenyourhouseisonfire,youcantbebotheredwiththeneighbors.Or,aswesayinchess,ifyourKingisunderattack,don'tworryaboutlosingapawnonthequeenside."GarryKasparov3."BystrictlyobservingBotvinnik'sruleregardingthethoroughanalysisofone'sowngames,withtheyearsIhavecometorealizethatthisprovidesthefoundationforthecontinuosdevelopmentofchessmastery."GarryKasparov4."Chesscontinuestoadvanceovertime,sotheplayersofthefuturewillinevitablysurpassmeinthequalityoftheirplay,assumingtherulesandregulationsallowthemtoplayseriouschess.Butitwilllikelybealongtimebeforeanyonespends20consecutiveyearsasnumber,oneasIdid."GarryKasparov5."Youcan'toverestimatetheimportanceofpsychologyinchess,andasmuchassomeplayerstrytodownplayit,Ibelievethatwinningrequiresaconstantandstrongpsychologynotjustattheboardbutineveryaspectofyourlife."GarryKasparov6."I...havetwovocations:chessandengineering.IfIplayedchessonly,Ibelievethatmysuccesswouldnothavebeensignificantlygreater.IcanplaychesswellonlywhenIhavefullyconvalescedfromchessandwhenthe'hungerforchess'oncemoreawakenswithinme."MikhailBotvinnik7."Ifyouaregoingtomakeyourmarkamongmasters,youhavetoworkfarharderandmoreintensively,or,toputitmoreexactly,theworkisfarmorecomplexthanthatneededtogainthetitleofMaster."MikhailBotvinnik8."Aboveallelse,beforeplayingincompetitionsaplayermusthaveregardtohishealth,forifheissufferingfromillhealthhecannothopeforsuccess.Inthisconnectionthebestofalltonicsis15to20daysinthefreshair,inthecountry."MikhailBotvinnikNote:IfyouwanttodramaticallyimproveyourchesssimplystudyingGrandmaster'sgamesorsolvingtacticsitnotenough.Inordertotakeyourchesstothewholenewlevelyouneedtoworkonallaspectsofthegame.That'swhatwecalla"combinedapproach".Wewillcombine5mostimportantelementsofchessintoasingletrainingsessiontobuildagoodtraininghabitsand to make sure you can get outmaximum results in minimum amount of time. You will get a access to 3 weeks oftrainingwhereyouwilllearn:TacticsPositionalplayAttackonthekingEndgametechniqueClassicalgamesanalysisTrainingsecrets,selfevaluation,blunderavoidanceandmuchmore9."Ifyouareweakintheendgame,youmustspendmoretimeanalysingstudiesinyourtraininggamesyoumustaimattransposingtoendgames,whichwillhelpyoutoacquiretherequisiteexperience."MikhailBotvinnik10."Myfortewasthemiddlegame.Ihadagoodfeelingforthecriticalmomentsoftheplay.Thisundoubtedlycompensatedformylackofopeningpreparationand,possibly,notaltogetherperfectplayintheendgame.Inmygamesthingsoftendidnotreachtheendgame!"BorisSpassky11."Theshortcomingofhangingpawnsisthattheypresentaconvenienttargetforattack.Astheexchangeofmenproceeds,theirpotentialstrengthlessensandduringtheendgametheyturnout,asarule,tobeweak."BorisSpassky12."Ofcourse,analysiscansometimesgivemoreaccurateresultsthanintuitionbutusuallyitsjustalotofwork.Inormallydowhatmyintuitiontellsmetodo.Mostofthetimespentthinkingisjusttodoublecheck."MagnusCarlsen13."Istartedbyjustsittingbythechessboardexploringthings.Ididntevenhavebooksatfirst,andIjustplayedbymyself.Ilearntalotfromthat,andIfeelthatitisabigreasonwhyInowhaveagoodintuitiveunderstandingofchess."MagnusCarlsencarlsen14."Selfconfidenceisveryimportant.Ifyoudontthinkyoucanwin,youwilltakecowardlydecisionsinthecrucialmoments,outofsheerrespectforyouropponent.Youseetheopportunitybutalsogreaterlimitationsthanyoushould.IhavealwaysbelievedinwhatIdoonthechessboard,evenwhenIhadnoobjectivereasonto.Itisbettertooverestimateyourprospectsthanunderestimatethem."MagnusCarlsen15."Ididn'tpicturemyselfasevenagrandmaster,tosaynothingofaspiringtothechesscrown.ThiswasnotbecauseIwastimidIwasn'tbutbecauseIsimplylivedinoneworld,andthegrandmastersexistedinacompletelydifferentone.Peoplelikethatwerenotreallyevenpeople,butlikegodsormythicalheroes."AnatolyKarpov16."Byallmeansexaminethegamesofthegreatchessplayers,butdon'tswallowthemwhole.Theirgamesarevaluablenotfortheirseparatemoves,butfortheirvisionofchess,theirwayofthinking."AnatolyKarpovkarpov17."ThegreatmobilityoftheKingformsoneofthechiefcharacteristicsofallendgamestrategy.InthemiddlegametheKingisamere"super",intheendgameontheotherhandonofthe"principals".Wemustthereforedevelophim,bringhimnearertothefightingline."AronNimzowitsch18."Ifinabattle,Iseizeabitofdebatablelandwithahandfulofsoldiers,withouthavingdoneanythingtopreventanenemybombardmentoftheposition,woulditeveroccurtometospeakofaconquestoftheterraininquestion?Obviouslynot.ThenwhyshouldIdosoinchess?"AronNimzowitsch19."WhenItodayaskmyselfwhenceIgotthemoralcourage,forittakesmoralcouragetomakeamove(orformaplan)runningcountertoalltradition,IthinkImaysayinanswer,thatitwasonlymyintensepreoccupationwiththeproblemoftheblockadewhichhelpedmetodoso."AronNimzowitsch20."Itisawellknownphenomenonthatthesameamateurwhocanconductthemiddlegamequitecreditably,isusuallyperfectlyhelplessintheendgame.Oneoftheprincipalrequisitesofgoodchessistheabilitytotreatboththemiddleandendgameequallywell."AronNimzowitsch21."Inmathematics,ifIfindanewapproachtoaproblem,anothermathematicianmightclaimthathehasabetter,moreelegantsolution.Inchess,ifanybodyclaimsheisbetterthanI,Icancheckmatehim."EmanuelLasker22."Bypositionalplayamastertriestoproveandexploittruevalues,whereasbycombinationsheseekstorefutefalsevalues...Acombinationproducesanunexpectedreassessmentofvalues."EmanuelLasker23."Hewhohasaslightdisadvantageplaysmoreattentively,inventivelyandmoreboldlythanhisantagonistwhoeithertakesiteasyoraspiresaftertoomuch.Thusaslightdisadvantageisveryfrequentlyseentoconvertintoagood,solidadvantage."EmanuelLasker24."Aplayer,astheworldbelievedhewas,hewasnot,hisstudioustemperamentmadethatimpossibleandthushewasconqueredbyaplayerandintheendlittlevaluedbytheworld,hedied."EmanuelLasker25."Itisnosecretthatanytalentedplayermustinhissoulbeanartist,andwhatcouldbedearertohisheartandsoulthanthevictoryofthesubtleforcesofreasonovercrudematerialstrength!ProbablyeveryonehashisownreasonforlikingtheKing`sGambit,butmyloveforitcanbeseeninpreciselythoseterms."DavidBronstein26."Itisannoyingthattherulesofchessdonotallowapawntotakeeitherhorizontallyorbackwards,butonlyforwards...Thispsychologicaltuningisidealforattackingpurposes,butwhataboutfordefence?"DavidBronstein27."Ifyouhavemadeamistakeorcommittedaninaccuracythereisnoneedtobecomeannoyedandtothinkthateverythingislost.Youhavetoreorientateyourselfquicklyandfindanewplaninthenewsituation."DavidBronstein28."Whenyouplayagainstanexperiencedopponentwhoexploitsallthedefensiveresourcesathiscommandyousometimeshavetowalktimeandagain,alongthenarrowpathof'theonlymove'."DavidBronstein29."Chessisnotforthefainthearteditabsorbsapersonentirely.Togettothebottomofthisgame,hehastogivehimselfupintoslavery.Chessisdifficult,itdemandswork,seriousreflectionandzealousresearch."WilhelmSteinitz30."Thetaskofthepositionalplayerissystematicallytoaccumulateslightadvantagesandtrytoconverttemporaryadvantagesintopermanentones,otherwisetheplayerwiththebetterpositionrunstheriskoflosingit."WilhelmSteinitz31."WheneverBlacksucceedsinassumingtheinitiativeandmaintainingittoasuccessfulconclusion,thesportingspiritofthechessloverfeelsgratified,becauseitshowsthattheresourcesofthegamearefarfrombeingexhausted."SaviellyTartakower32."Nooneeverwonagamebyresigning."SaviellyTartakower33."Itisalwaysbettertosacrificeyouropponents'men."SaviellyTartakower34."Theblundersareallthereontheboard,waitingtobemade."SaviellyTartakower35."Athoroughunderstandingofthetypicalmatingcontinuationsmakesthemostcomplicatedsacrificialcombinationsleadinguptothemnotonlydifficult,butalmostamatterofcourse."SaviellyTartakower36."Allthatmattersonthechessboardisgoodmoves."BobbyFischer37."Astrongmemory,concentration,imagination,andastrongwillisrequiredtobecomeagreatchessplayer."BobbyFischer38."Tacticsflowfromasuperiorposition."BobbyFischer39."Toplayforadraw,atanyratewithwhite,istosomedegreeacrimeagainstchess."MikhailTal40."Ihavealwaysthoughtitamatterofhonourforeverychessplayertodeservethesmileoffortune."MikhailTal41."Naturally,thepsychologicalsusceptibilityofamatchparticipantissignificantlyhigherthanaparticipantinatournament,sinceeachgamesubstantiallychangestheoverallposition."MikhailTal42."Igoovermanygamescollectionsandpickupsomethingfromthestyleofeachplayer."MikhailTal43."Strategyrequiresthought,tacticsrequireobservation."MaxEuwe44."Ifitistruethataplayer'sstyleishisperson,theneveryoneplaysasheisintendedtobynature.Iamnaturallycautious,andIaltogetherdislikesituationswhichinvolverisk."TigranPetrosian45."Inalmostanypositiontheboundlesspossibilitiesofchessenableaneworatleastalittlestudiedcontinuationtobefound."TigranPetrosian46."Theyknockmeformydraws,formystyle,theyknockmeforeverythingIdo."TigranPetrosian47."Eventhemostdistinguishedplayershaveintheircareersexperiencedseveredisappointmentsduetoignoranceofthebestlinesorsuspensionoftheirowncommonsense."TigranPetrosian48."Insomeplaceswordshavebeenreplacedbysymbolswhich,likeamuletsfromawitch'sbag,havethepowertoconsumethelivingspiritofchess."TigranPetrosian49."Itiseasytoplayagainsttheyoungplayers,formetheyarelikeanopenbook."TigranPetrosian50."Theyknockmeformydraws,formystyle,theyknockmeforeverythingIdo."TigranPetrosian