Chess Quotes


He who takes the Queen’s Knight’s Pawn will sleep in the streets. - Anonymous


Morphy was probably the greatest genius of them all. - Fischer


Chess is the art of battle for the victorious battle of art. - Saviely Tartakower


It is easier to play for a win from an equal position with which you are familiar than from an inferior position which you know nothing about. - Tigran Petrosian


The older I grow, the more I value Pawns. - Keres


I don't think that any database in the Pentagon is as well protected as Deep Blue. - Garry Kasparov


The most powerful weapon in Chess is to have the next move. - David Bronstein


Those who say they understand chess, understand nothing - Robert Hubner


The pin is mightier than the sword - Fred Reinfeld


Chess is a test of wills. - Keres


Chess is a sport. The main object in the game of chess remains the achievement of victory. - Euwe


I have always a slight feeling of pity for the man who has no knowledge of chess - Tarrasch


Over-the-board chess is the favorite of mortals; correspondence chess is the favorite of the gods. - Dyckhoff


A sensation, hidden in the depths of my emotional memory, was suddenly revived: what if... What if for me The Variation is not dead? If The Variation is alive?! - Lev Polugayevsky


Chess is everything: art, science and sport. - Anatoly Karpov


Some part of a mistake is always correct. - Savielly Tartakover


Chess makes man wiser and clear-sighted. - Vladimir Putin


Best by test: 1. e4' - Bobby Fischer


If Tal is sacrificing, accept the sacrifice, if I'm sacrificing check the variations, if Petrosian is sacrificing, do not accept the sacrifice, but if Kasparov is sacrificing resign. - Botvinnik


Chess teaches you to control the initial excitement you feel when you see something that looks good and it trains you to think objectively when you're in trouble. - Stanley Kubrick


The only thing Chess players have in common is Chess. - Lodewijk Prins


Chess is the gymnasium of the mind. - Blaise Pascal


Chess is a storm against man. - Mikhail Tal


I prefer to lose a really good game than to win a bad one. - Levy


With 204 squares on the chess board, the answer is sometimes more complicated than the question. - Jerry Isaacs


Tal doesn't move the pieces by hand; he uses a magic wand. - Ragozin


You cannot play Chess if you are kind-hearted. - French Proverb


A sacrifice is best refuted by accepting it. - Wilhelm Steinitz


Every Chess master was once a beginner. - Chernev


I'm only an international master and I have to work hard to get my pieces onto the right squares. Grandmasters, they just toss their pieces into the air and they land there automatically. - Ari Ziegler


When you see a good move wait - look for a better one. - Emanuel Lasker


A good sacrifice is one that is not necessarily sound but leaves your opponent dazed and confused - Rudolph Spielmann


Chess mastery essentially consists of analysing chess positions accurately. - Botvinnik


The sign of a great Master is his ability to win a won game quickly and painlessly. - Irving Chernev


Chess is eminently and emphatically the philosopher's game. - Paul Morphy


Chess is mental torture. - Kasparov


Of Chess it has been said that life is not long enough for it, but that is the fault of life, not Chess. - William Ewart Napier


Yes, I have played a blitz game once. It was on a train, in 1929. - Botvinnik


As one by one I mowed them down, my superiority soon became apparent. - Capablanca


All I want to do, ever, is just play chess. - Bobby Fischer


A Chess game is divided into three stages: the first, when you hope you have the advantage, the second when you believe you have an advantage, and the third... when you know you’re going to lose! - Savielly Tartakower


We must make sure that Chess will not be like a dead language, very interesting, but for a very small group. - Sytze Faber


The turning point in my career came with the realization that Black should play to win instead of just steering for equality. - Fischer


Becoming successful at Chess allows you to discover your own personality. That’s what I want for the kids I teach. - Saudin Robovic


A passed pawn increases in strength as the number of pieces on the board diminishes. - Capablanca


Chess is a game of bad moves. - Soltis


Mistrust is the most necessary characteristic of the Chess player. - Siegbert Tarrasch


If drink is the curse of the working classes and work is the curse of the drinking classes then chess is the curse of the thinking classes. - J. Ross


One doesn’t have to play well, it’s enough to play better than your opponent. - Siegbert Tarrasch


That's what chess is all about. One day you give your opponent a lesson, the next day he gives you one. - Fischer


Those who rely on chance should play cards or roulette. Chess is something quite different. - Tigran Petrosian


It is the aim of the modern school, not to treat every position according to one general law, but according to the principle inherent in the position. - Reti


Chess and theater often lead to madness. - Arrabal


When the chess game is over, the pawn and the king go back to the same box - Irish proverb


I console myself with pleasure that chess fans, spectators and readers are happy only when grandmasters risk rather than just push wood. - Tal


Chess is in its essence a game, in its form an art, and in its execution a science. - Baron Tassilo


What would Chess be without silly mistakes? - Kurt Richter


It is not a move, even the best move, that you must seek, but a realisable plan. - ZnoskoBorovsky


I am still a victim of Chess. It has all the beauty of art and much more. It cannot be commercialized. Chess is much purer than art in its social position - Duchamp


Chess is thriving. There are ever less round robin tournaments and ever more World Champions. - Robert Hubner


When you play Bobby, it is not a question if you win or lose. It is a question if you survive. - Spassky


Excellence at Chess is one mark of a scheming mind. - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


I have never in my life played the French Defence, which is the dullest of all openings - Steinitz


Only a good bishop can be sacrificed, a bad bishop can only be lost. - Yuri Razuvayev


Even a poor plan is better than no plan at all. - Chigorin


If your opponent cannot do anything active, then don't rush the position; instead you should let him sit there, suffer, and beg you for a draw. - Jeremy Silman


Chess is ruthless: you've got to be prepared to kill people. - Nigel Short


If your opponent offers you a draw, try to work out why he thinks he's worse off. - Nigel Short


Chess is so interesting in itself, as not to need the view of gain to induce engaging in it; and thence it is never played for money. - Franklin


I drink, I smoke, I gamble, I chase girls -- but postal chess is one vice I don't have. - Tal


One bad move nullifies forty good ones - Horowitz


No one ever won a game by resigning. - Saviely Tartakower


I look one move ahead... the best! - Siegbert Tarrasch


The beauty of a move lies not in its' appearance but in the thought behind it. - Siegbert Tarrasch


Discovered check is the dive-bomber of the chessboard. - Reuben Fine


The defensive power of a pinned piece is only imaginary. - Aaron Nimzovich


Life is like a game of Chess, changing with each move. - Chinese proverb


In blitz, the knight is stronger than the bishop. - Vlastimil Hort


The bane of correspondence chess is the clerical error. - Muir


Modern chess is too much concerned with things like pawn structure. Forget it - checkmate ends the game - Nigel Short


A game of chess is not an examination of knowledge; it is a battle of nerves. - Bronstein


You need not play well - just help your opponent to play badly. - Genrikh Chepukaitis


Checkers is for tramps. - Morphy


To play a game of chess is really just one way of carrying on an argument. - Bronstein


The isolated pawn casts gloom over the entire chessboard. - Aaron Nimzovich


Chess is not like life... it has rules!” - Mark Pasternak


Pawns: they are the soul of this game, they alone form the attack and defense. - Philidor


Chess, like any creative activity, demands a full devotion from a person. - Kasparov


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 Philidor


My opponents make good moves too. Sometimes I don’t take these things into consideration' - Bobby Fischer


Chess, like love, is infectious at any age. - Flohr


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. - Savielly Tartakover


A chess game is a work of art between minds, which need to balance two sometimes-disparate goals - to win, and to produce beauty. - Vasily Smyslov


The laws of Chess do not permit a free choice: you have to move whether you like it or not. - Emanuel Lasker


Chess is the struggle against error. - Zukertort


The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made. - Tartakower


Chess is the touchstone of the intellect. - Goethe


A player surprised is half beaten. - Proverb


Chess is a black and white jungle. - Kasparov


I think it's almost definite that the game is a draw theoretically. - Fischer


Chess is life - Bobby Fischer


In chess, at least, the brave inherit the earth. - Edmar Mednis


Why must I lose to this idiot? - Aron Nimzovich


During a chess competition a chessmaster should be a combination of a beast of prey and a monk. - Alekhine


Chess problems demand from the composer the same virtues that characterize all worthwile art: originality, invention, conciseness, harmony, complexity, and splendid insincerity. - Nabokov


Winning isn’t everything... but losing is nothing. - Mednis


The game of the Gods. Infinite possibilities. - Nabokov


Chess is the greatest game ever invented, because it only looks like a game. - Scott Kerns


A sophisticated aesthetic sense and appreciation of chess beauty go hand in hand with top class play. - Levitt


There just isn’t enough televised Chess. - David Letterman


No chess grandmaster is normal; they only differ in the extent of their madness. - Korchnoi.


I stand for elegant, inspire dchess that is close to art and gives a true aesthetic delight to chess lovers. - Kasparov


Your body has to be in top condition. Your chess deteriorates as your body does. You can't separate body from mind. - Fischer


The Passed Pawn is a criminal, who should be kept under lock and key. - Nimzovich


Chess is really ninety nine percent calculation”. - Soltis


When I win with white I win because I am white. When I win with black I win because I'm Bogoljubov. - Bogoljubov


Chess is a part of culture and if a culture is declining then chess too will decline. - Botvinnik


We don’t really know how the game was invented, though there are suspicions. As soon as we discover the culprits, we’ll let you know. - Bruce Pandolfini


He who fears an isolated Queen's Pawn should give up chess. - Siegbert Tarrasch


Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe. - Indian Proverb


First-class players lose to second-class players because second-class players sometimes play a first-class game. - Siegbert Tarrasch


Chess is beautiful enough to waste your life for. - Hans Ree


After white's reply to 1.e4 e5 with 2.f4 the game is in its last throes - Howard Staunton


On the chess-board lies and hypocrisy do not survive long. - Em. Lasker


The battle for the ultimate truth will never be won. And that's why chess is so fascinating. - Hans Kmoch


When you absolutely don’t know what to do anymore, it is time to panic. - John van der Wiel


Chess is life in miniature. Chess is struggle, chess is battles. - Kasparov


Attack! Always attack! - Anderssen


Tactics flow from a superior position. - Fischer


Let the perfectionist play postal. - Yasser Seirawan