Favorite players: Capablanca, Smyslov, and Karpov.


(1) "Chess is a game of understanding, not of memory." - Znosko-Borovsky

(2) "Those who wish to perfect themselves must regard their losses as lessons and learn from them what sorts of things to avoid in the future." "You may learn much more from a game you lose than from a game you win." - Capablanca

(3) "In order to improve your game, you must study the endgame before everything else. For whereas the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middlegame and opening must be studied in relation to the endgame."  -Capablanca

(4) "LPDO" (Loose Pieces Drop Off) - John Nunn

(5) "It's much easier to play for a win from an equal position than from a bad position!" - Tigran Petrosian

(6) ”If you play the Caro-Kann when you are young, what are you going to play when you are older?” - Bent Larsen

(7) "Yes, I have played a blitz game once. It was on a train, in 1929." - M. Botvinnik (in an interview conducted in 1989)

(8) "Well, I still have my music." - Mark Taimanov (after his 6-0 loss to Bobby Fischer in their 1971 Candidates Match)