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Bobby Fischer's quotes

Bobby Fischer's quotes

Dec 24, 2010, 9:04 AM 1

Fischer quotes:

  1. Chess is life.
  2. All I want to do, ever, is just play chess.
  3. I don't believe in psychology. I believe in good moves.
  4. All that matters on the chessboard is good moves.
  5. You can only get good at chess if you love the game.
  6. Chess demands total concentration and a love for the game.
  7. I give 98 percent of my mental energy to chess. Others give only 2 percent.
  8. Your body has to be in top condition. Your chess deteriorates as your body does. You can't separate body from mind.
  9. I prepare myself well. I know what I can do before I go in. I'm always confident.
  10. Psychologically, you have to have confidence in yourself and this confidence should be based on fact.
  11. People have been playing against me below their strength for fifteen years.
  12. It’s just you and your opponent at the board and you're trying to prove something.
  13. Chess is war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent's mind.
  14. Chess is like war on a board.
  15. I play honestly and I play to win. If I lose, I take my medicine.
  16. You have to have the fighting spirit. You have to force moves and take chances.
  17. That's what chess is all about. One day you give your opponent a lesson, the next day he gives you one.
  18. I like to make them squirm.
  19. I like the moment when I break a man's ego.
  20. There are tough players and nice guys, and I'm a tough player.
  21. I am the best player in the world and I am here to prove it.
  22. You know, I can beat all those guys.
  23. There's no one alive I can't beat.
  24. Let's play. I'm willing to play anywhere.
  25. I add status to any tournament I attend.
  26. Genius. It’s a word. What does it really mean? If I win I'm a genius. If I don't, I'm not.
  27. Patzer sees check, Patzer makes check.
  28. When I was eleven, I just got good.
  29. The turning point in my career came with the realization that Black should play to win instead of just steering for equality.
  30. If I win a tournament, I win it by myself. I do the playing. Nobody helps me.
  31. If you don't win, it’s not a great tragedy - the worst that happens is that you lose a game.
  32. Don't even mention losing to me. I can't stand to think of it.
  33. Chess is a matter of delicate judgment, knowing when to punch and how to duck.
  34. A strong memory, concentration, imagination, and a strong will. (on what it took to become a strong chess player)
  35. I know people who have all the will in the world, but still can't play good chess.
  36. I really love the dark of the night. It helps me to concentrate.
  37. It’s pretty tough because of all the tension and all the concentration, sitting there hour after hour. It’s...exhausting.
  38. It’s like taking a five hour final examination.
  39. Different people feel differently about resigning.
  40. It doesn't pay to be petty like they are.
  41. They've almost ruined chess.
  42. The Russians have fixed world chess.
  43. You know I'm finished with the old chess because it's all just a lot of book and memorization you know.
  44. The old chess is too limited. Imagine playing cards, black jack for example, and every time the dealer has the same starting hand you have the same starting hand. What's the point?
  45. I have nothing to do with politics. I came here (Yugoslavia) to play chess and nothing else.
  46. I despise the media.
  47. Is it against the law to kill a reporter?
  48. They like to write only bad things about me.
  49. I'm not as soft or as generous a person as I would be if the world hadn't changed me.
  50. I think it's almost definite that the game is a draw theoretically.
  51. Tactics flow from a superior position.

Source: http://www.academicchess.org/Focus/Fischer/Fischerquotes.shtml

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