Top 50 Chess Quotes of All Time

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  • Top50ChessQuotesofAllTime EmailWrittenbyYuryMarkushinWednesday,25March201500:00

    Greatquotesstorebigandimportantideasinjustafewwords.Theytransportwisdomthatgreatchessplayershaveaccumulatedthroughoutdecadesofexperience.Thislistofquotesisforthosewhoisaimingforbigsuccess.Thesequoteswillbothmotivateandeducateyouforbecomingabetterchessplayer.

    1."BythetimeaplayerbecomesaGrandmaster,almostallofhistrainingtimeisdedicatedtoworkonthisfirstphase.Theopeningistheonlyphasethatholdsoutthepotentialfortruecreativityanddoingsomethingentirelynew."GarryKasparov

    2."Whenyourhouseisonfire,youcantbebotheredwiththeneighbors.Or,aswesayinchess,ifyourKingisunderattack,don'tworryaboutlosingapawnonthequeenside."GarryKasparov

    3."BystrictlyobservingBotvinnik'sruleregardingthethoroughanalysisofone'sowngames,withtheyearsIhavecometorealizethatthisprovidesthefoundationforthecontinuosdevelopmentofchessmastery."GarryKasparov

    4."Chesscontinuestoadvanceovertime,sotheplayersofthefuturewillinevitablysurpassmeinthequalityoftheirplay,assumingtherulesandregulationsallowthemtoplayseriouschess.Butitwilllikelybealongtimebeforeanyone

  • spends20consecutiveyearsasnumber,oneasIdid."GarryKasparov

    5."Youcan'toverestimatetheimportanceofpsychologyinchess,andasmuchassomeplayerstrytodownplayit,Ibelievethatwinningrequiresaconstantandstrongpsychologynotjustattheboardbutineveryaspectofyourlife."GarryKasparov

    6."I...havetwovocations:chessandengineering.IfIplayedchessonly,Ibelievethatmysuccesswouldnothavebeensignificantlygreater.IcanplaychesswellonlywhenIhavefullyconvalescedfromchessandwhenthe'hungerforchess'oncemoreawakenswithinme."MikhailBotvinnik

    7."Ifyouaregoingtomakeyourmarkamongmasters,youhavetoworkfarharderandmoreintensively,or,toputitmoreexactly,theworkisfarmorecomplexthanthatneededtogainthetitleofMaster."MikhailBotvinnik

    8."Aboveallelse,beforeplayingincompetitionsaplayermusthaveregardtohishealth,forifheissufferingfromillhealthhecannothopeforsuccess.Inthisconnectionthebestofalltonicsis15to20daysinthefreshair,inthecountry."MikhailBotvinnik

    Note: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,blunderavoidanceandmuchmore

    9."Ifyouareweakintheendgame,youmustspendmoretimeanalysingstudiesinyourtraininggamesyoumustaimattransposingtoendgames,whichwillhelpyoutoacquiretherequisiteexperience."MikhailBotvinnik

    10."Myfortewasthemiddlegame.Ihadagoodfeelingforthecriticalmomentsoftheplay.Thisundoubtedlycompensatedformylackofopeningpreparationand,possibly,notaltogetherperfectplayintheendgame.Inmygames

  • thingsoftendidnotreachtheendgame!"BorisSpassky

    11."Theshortcomingofhangingpawnsisthattheypresentaconvenienttargetforattack.Astheexchangeofmenproceeds,theirpotentialstrengthlessensandduringtheendgametheyturnout,asarule,tobeweak."BorisSpassky

    12."Ofcourse,analysiscansometimesgivemoreaccurateresultsthanintuitionbutusuallyitsjustalotofwork.Inormallydowhatmyintuitiontellsmetodo.Mostofthetimespentthinkingisjusttodoublecheck."MagnusCarlsen

    13."Istartedbyjustsittingbythechessboardexploringthings.Ididntevenhavebooksatfirst,andIjustplayedbymyself.Ilearntalotfromthat,andIfeelthatitisabigreasonwhyInowhaveagoodintuitiveunderstandingofchess."MagnusCarlsen

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    14."Selfconfidenceisveryimportant.Ifyoudontthinkyoucanwin,youwilltakecowardlydecisionsinthecrucialmoments,outofsheerrespectforyouropponent.Youseetheopportunitybutalsogreaterlimitationsthanyoushould.IhavealwaysbelievedinwhatIdoonthechessboard,evenwhenIhadnoobjectivereasonto.Itisbettertooverestimateyourprospectsthanunderestimatethem."MagnusCarlsen

    15."Ididn'tpicturemyselfasevenagrandmaster,tosaynothingofaspiringtothechesscrown.ThiswasnotbecauseIwastimidIwasn'tbutbecauseIsimplylivedinoneworld,andthegrandmastersexistedinacompletelydifferentone.Peoplelikethatwerenotreallyevenpeople,butlikegodsormythicalheroes."AnatolyKarpov

    16."Byallmeansexaminethegamesofthegreatchessplayers,butdon'tswallowthemwhole.Theirgamesarevaluablenotfortheirseparatemoves,butfortheirvisionofchess,theirwayofthinking."AnatolyKarpov

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    17."ThegreatmobilityoftheKingformsoneofthechiefcharacteristicsofallendgamestrategy.InthemiddlegametheKingisamere"super",intheendgameontheotherhandonofthe"principals".Wemustthereforedevelophim,bringhimnearertothefightingline."AronNimzowitsch

    18."Ifinabattle,Iseizeabitofdebatablelandwithahandfulofsoldiers,withouthavingdoneanythingtopreventanenemybombardmentoftheposition,woulditeveroccurtometospeakofaconquestoftheterraininquestion?Obviouslynot.ThenwhyshouldIdosoinchess?"AronNimzowitsch

    19."WhenItodayaskmyselfwhenceIgotthemoralcourage,forittakesmoralcouragetomakeamove(orformaplan)runningcountertoalltradition,IthinkImaysayinanswer,thatitwasonlymyintensepreoccupationwiththeproblemoftheblockadewhichhelpedmetodoso."AronNimzowitsch

    20."Itisawellknownphenomenonthatthesameamateurwhocanconductthemiddlegamequitecreditably,isusuallyperfectlyhelplessintheendgame.Oneoftheprincipalrequisitesofgoodchessistheabilitytotreatboththemiddleandendgameequallywell."AronNimzowitsch

    21."Inmathematics,ifIfindanewapproachtoaproblem,anothermathematicianmightclaimthathehasabetter,moreelegantsolution.Inchess,ifanybodyclaimsheisbetterthanI,Icancheckmatehim."EmanuelLasker

    22."Bypositionalplayamastertriestoproveandexploittruevalues,whereasbycombinationsheseekstorefutefalsevalues...Acombinationproducesanunexpectedreassessmentofvalues."EmanuelLasker

    23."Hewhohasaslightdisadvantageplaysmoreattentively,inventivelyandmoreboldlythanhisantagonistwhoeithertakesiteasyoraspiresaftertoomuch.Thusaslightdisadvantageisveryfrequentlyseentoconvertintoagood,solidadvantage."EmanuelLasker

    24."Aplayer,astheworldbelievedhewas,hewasnot,hisstudioustemperamentmadethatimpossibleandthushewasconqueredbyaplayerandintheendlittlevaluedbytheworld,hedied."EmanuelLasker

    25."Itisnosecretthatanytalentedplayermustinhissoulbeanartist,andwhatcouldbedearertohisheartandsoulthanthevictoryofthesubtleforcesofreasonovercrudematerialstrength!ProbablyeveryonehashisownreasonforlikingtheKing`sGambit,butmyloveforitcanbeseeninpreciselythoseterms."DavidBronstein

    26."Itisannoyingthattherulesofchessdonotallowapawntotakeeitherhorizontallyorbackwards,butonlyforwards...Thispsychologicaltuningisidealforattackingpurposes,butwhataboutfordefence?"DavidBronstein

  • 27."Ifyouhavemadeamistakeorcommittedaninaccuracythereisnoneedtobecomeannoyedandtothinkthateverythingislost.Youhavetoreorientateyourselfquicklyandfindanewplaninthenewsituation."DavidBronstein

    28."Whenyouplayagainstanexperiencedopponentwhoexploitsallthedefensiveresourcesathiscommandyousometimeshavetowalktimeandagain,alongthenarrowpathof'theonlymove'."DavidBronstein

    29."Chessisnotforthefainthearteditabsorbsapersonentirely.Togettothebottomofthisgame,hehastogivehimselfupintoslavery.Chessisdifficult,itdemandswork,seriousreflectionandzealousresearch."WilhelmSteinitz

    30."Thetaskofthepositionalplayerissystematicallytoaccumulateslightadvantagesandtrytoconverttemporaryadvantagesintopermanentones,otherwisetheplayerwiththebetterpositionrunstheriskoflosingit."WilhelmSteinitz

    31."WheneverBlacksucceedsinassumingtheinitiativeandmaintainingittoasuccessfulconclusion,thesportingspiritofthechessloverfeelsgratified,becauseitshowsthattheresourcesofthegamearefarfrombeingexhausted."SaviellyTartakower

    32."Nooneeverwonagamebyresigning."SaviellyTartakower

    33."Itisalwaysbettertosacrificeyouropponents'men."SaviellyTartakower

    34."Theblundersareallthereontheboard,waitingtobemade."SaviellyTartakower

    35."Athoroughunderstandingofthetypicalmatingcontinuationsmakesthemostcomplicatedsacrificialcombinationsleadinguptothemnotonlydifficult,butalmostamatterofcourse."SaviellyTartakower

    36."Allthatmattersonthechessboardisgoodmoves."BobbyFischer

    37."Astrongmemory,concentration,imagination,andastrongwillisrequiredtobecomeagreatchessplayer."BobbyFischer

    38."Tacticsflowfromasuperiorposition."BobbyFischer

    39."Toplayforadraw,atanyratewithwhite,istosomedegreeacrimeagainstchess."MikhailTal

    40."Ihavealwaysthoughtitamatterofhonourforeverychessplayertodeservethesmileoffortune."MikhailTal

  • 41."Naturally,thepsychologicalsusceptibilityofamatchparticipantissignificantlyhigherthanaparticipantinatournament,sinceeachgamesubstantiallychangestheoverallposition."MikhailTal

    42."Igoovermanygamescollectionsandpickupsomethingfromthestyleofeachplayer."MikhailTal

    43."Strategyrequiresthought,tacticsrequireobservation."MaxEuwe

    44."Ifitistruethataplayer'sstyleishisperson,theneveryoneplaysasheisintendedtobynature.Iamnaturallycautious,andIaltogetherdislikesituationswhichinvolverisk."TigranPetrosian

    45."Inalmostanypositiontheboundlesspossibilitiesofchessenableaneworatleastalittlestudiedcontinuationtobefound."TigranPetrosian

    46."Theyknockmeformydraws,formystyle,theyknockmeforeverythingIdo."TigranPetrosian

    47."Eventhemostdistinguishedplayershaveintheircareersexperiencedseveredisappointmentsduetoignoranceofthebestlinesorsuspensionoftheirowncommonsense."TigranPetrosian

    48."Insomeplaceswordshavebeenreplacedbysymbolswhich,likeamuletsfromawitch'sbag,havethepowertoconsumethelivingspiritofchess."TigranPetrosian

    49."Itiseasytoplayagainsttheyoungplayers,formetheyarelikeanopenbook."TigranPetrosian

    50."Theyknockmeformydraws,formystyle,theyknockmeforeverythingIdo."TigranPetrosian