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What is chess?Chess is a fairy tale of 1001 blunders - Savielly Tartakower Chess is a beautiful mistress. - Larsen Chess is life - Bobby Fischer Chess is like life - Boris Spassky Chess is everything - art, science, and sport. - Karpov Chess is 99 percent tactics. - Teichmann Chess is really 99 percent calculation - Soltis Chess is mental torture. - Kasparov Chess is ruthless: you've got to be prepared to kill people. - Nigel Short Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe - Indian proverb Chess is as much a mystery as women - Purdy
“A passed Pawn increases in strength, as the number of pieces on the board diminishes”... Capablanca“Play the opening like a book, the middle game like a magician, and the endgame like a machine”... Spielmann"It's always better to sacrifice your opponent's men."... Tartakover"It is not a move, even the best move, that you must seek, but a realisable plan."... Eugene Znosko-Borovsky
"Like us as Black", beg the chess pieces," and you will anyway like us as White"... Isaac Boleslavsky"If you see the good move, look for the better one" ... Lasker"I have never in my life played the French Defence, which is the dullest of all openings."... Steinitz "Only the player with the initiative has the right to attack"...Steinitz "When you have an advantage, you are obliged to attack; otherwise you are endangered to lose the advantage."... Steinitz "The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.:... Tartakover "The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made."... Tartakover "The defensive power of a pinned piece is only imaginary."... Nimzovich "There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones and mine."... Tal "The scheme of a game is played on positional lines; the decision of it, as a rule, is effected by combinations."... Reti "All rook endgames are drawn."... Siegbert Tarrasch
"Don't discuss portable explosives in the Airport Security line." "Don't take the Queen's Knight pawn with your Queen."... Lev Alburt (both)Once when Mikhail Tal was asked how he can leave so many pieces hanging he simply answered ,"They can only take them one at a time". "I can only see one move ahead, but it is the best one."... Richard Reti"No game was ever won by resigning"... Tartakover" A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing."...Emo Philips"Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation."... Max EuwePillsbury said "Castle because you will, or because you must; but not because you can""Nobody ever won a game of chess by resigning."... Tartakover"Weak points or holes in the opponent's position, most be occupied by pieces, not pawns."... Siegbert Tarrasch"Even a poor plan is better than no plan at all."... Mikhail Chigorin"The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake."... Tartakover“The Pawns are the soul of the game”... Francois Andre Danican Philidor“The essence of Chess is thinking about what Chess is”... David Bronstein“Good positions don't win games, good moves do”... Gerald Abrahams“Chess is above all, a fight!”... Emanuel Lasker“The hardest game to win is a won game”... Emanuel Lasker“He who fears an isolated Queen's Pawn should give up Chess”... Siegbert Tarrasch
"To conquer the File , take control of its back square."... Eugene Ruban
"A Rook belongs behind the passed pawn, whether it's your own or your opponent's."... Siegbert Tarrasch
“The most powerful weapon in Chess is to have the next move”... David Bronstein“Help your pieces so they can help you”... Paul Morphy“A sacrifice is best refuted by accepting it”... Wilhelm Steinitz“Tactics flow from a superior position”... Bobby Fischer“Later, I began to succeed in decisive games. Perhaps because I realized a very simple truth: not only was I worried, but also my opponent”... Mikhail Tal“A bad plan is better than none at all”... Frank Marshall“Best by test: 1. e4”... Bobby Fischer"Good Luck is a Residue of Preparation"... Jack Youngblood"A good player is always lucky."... Capablanca "When you don't know what to do, wait for your opponent to get an idea; it is sure to be bad.".. Siegbert Tarrasch"If chess is just a game, then music is just noise."... NN"In the Opening... Make only 2 or 3 pawn moves. Only enough to let your pieces out."... NN"Control of the center is the key to flexibility."... NN"Chess is eminently and emphatically the philospher's game."... Paul Morphy "The isolated pawn casts gloom over the entire chessboard."... Aaron Nimzovich "Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe." - Indian Proverb "Tactics is knowing what to do, when there is something to do; Strategy is knowing what to do, when there is nothing to do."... Savielly Tartakower"An attack on a wing should be met with play in the center."... Nimzovich"Like us as Black", beg the chess pieces," and you will anyway like us as White"... Isaac Boleslavsky“A player surprised is half beaten”... Proverb"Sometimes the threat is greater than the execution"--Nimzovich"After 1.e4 White's game is in its last throes." - The Hungarian Master Gyula Breyer."Then the way he sets out the game; he was not interested in the objectivity of the position, whether it's better or worse, he only needed room for his pieces."... Mikhail Botvinnik (on Tal)"The essence of chess is thinking about what chess is," David Bronstein “Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation”... Max Euwe"Sometimes the threat is greater than the execution." --Nimzovitch"It was Paul Morphy and his exploits that first induced me to enter chess life and to him I owe my career in the first instance."... Steinitz
Planning"Even a poor plan is better than no plan at all."... Mikhail Chigorin "It is not a move, even the best move, that you must seek, but a realisable plan."... Znosko-Borovsky Analysis"Methodical thinking is of more use in chess than inspiration."... Purdy "Chess is the art of analysis."... Botvinnik "Chess mastery essentially consists of analysing chess positions accurately"... Botvinnik "Half the variations which are calculated in a tournament game turn out to be completely superfluous. Unfortunately, no one knows in advance which half."... Jan Tinman Tactics "The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made."... Tartakover "No price is too great for the scalp of the enemy King."... Koblentz "The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake."... Tartakover "A man surprised is half beaten."... Proverb "Chess is 99 percent tactics."... Teichmann "There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones and mine."... Tal "The defensive power of a pinned piece is only imaginary."... Nimzovich "The pin is mightier than the sword."... Reinfeld "The combination player thinks forward; he starts from the given position, and tries the forceful moves in his mind."... Emanuel Lasker "Discovered check is the dive-bomber of the chessboard."... Fine "If the student forces himself to examine all moves that smite, however absurd they may look at first glance, he is on the way to becoming a master of tactics."... Purdy
"In positions of strategic manoeuvring (where time is not of decisive importance) seek the worst-placed piece. Activating that piece is often the most reliable way of improving your position as a whole." MARK DVORETSKY & ARTUR YUSUPOV, Positional Play
“Help your pieces so they can help you”... Paul Morphy "Move that one of your pieces, which is in the worst plight, unless you can satisfy yourself that you can derive immediate advantage by an attack"... Anderssen
"The tactician knows what to do when there is something to do; whereas the strategian knows what to do when there is nothing to do."... Gerald Abrahams "Examine moves that smite! A good eye for smites is far more important than a knowledge of strategical principles."... Purdy "The scheme of a game is played on positional lines; the decision of it, as a rule, is effected by combinations."... Reti "In the perfect chess combination as in a first-rate short story, the whole plot and counter-plot should lead up to a striking finale, the interest not being allayed until the very last moment."...Yates and Winter "A thorough understanding of the typical mating continuations makes the most complicated sacrificial combinations leading up to them not only not difficult, but almost a matter of course."... Tarrasch "It's always better to sacrifice your opponent's men."... Tartakover Middlegame"The middlegame I repeat is chess itself; chess with all its possibilities, its attacks, defences, sacrifices, etc."... Znosko-Borovsky "Before the endgame, the gods have placed the middlegame."... Tarrasch Endgame"Every pawn is a potential Queen."... Mason "The Passed Pawn is a criminal, who should be kept under lock and key. Mild measures, such as police surveillance, are not sufficient."... Nimzovich "A Passed Pawn increases in strength as the number of pieces on the board diminishes."... Capablanca "Any material change in a position must come about by mate, a capture, or a Pawn -promotion."... Purdy
If stuck on a Chess Move and one of these quotes gives you an Idea... It is the Spirit of one of the Great GM's whispering in your ear.
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