30 Greatest Chess Quotes Of All TimeChess Quotes

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                                                    Best quotes about chess

Chess Quotes About Philosophy

  • “I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.” – Marcel Duchamp
  • “Unlike other games in which lucre is the end and aim, [chess] recommends itself to the wise by the fact that its mimic battles are fought for no prize but honor. It is eminently and emphatically the philosopher’s game.” – Paul Morphy
  • “The beauty of chess is it can be whatever you want it to be. It transcends language, age, race, religion, politics, gender, and socioeconomic background. Whatever your circumstances, anyone can enjoy a good fight to the death over the chess board.” – Simon Williams
  • “Chess is the struggle against the error.” – Johannes Zukertort
  • “Every chess master was once a beginner.” – Irving Chernev
  • “Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.” – Ralph Charell
  • “Chess makes men wiser and clear-sighted.” – Vladimir Putin
  • “Chess is the gymnasium of the mind.” – Blaise Pascal
  • “Chess holds its master in its own bonds, shackling the mind and brain so that the inner freedom of the very strongest must suffer.” – Albert Einstein
  • “Chess is a war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent’s mind.” – Bobby Fischer

Chess Quotes About Life

  • “I am convinced, the way one plays chess always reflects the player’s personality. If something defines his character, then it will also define his way of playing.” – Vladimir Kramnik
  • “The game of chess is not merely an idle amusement. Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired or strengthened by it… Life is a kind of Chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “As proved by evidence, [chess is] more lasting in its being and presence than all books and achievements; the only game that belongs to all people and all ages; of which none knows the divinity that bestowed it on the world, to slay boredom, to sharpen the senses, to exhilarate the spirit.” – Stefan Zweig
  • “Chess doesn’t drive people mad, it keeps mad people sane.” – Bill Hartston
  • “In life, as in chess, one’s own pawns block one’s way.  A man’s very wealthy, ease, leisure, children, books, which should help him to win, more often checkmate him.” – Charles Buxton
  • “Chess is life in miniature. Chess is a struggle, chess battles.” – Garry Kasparov
  • “Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy.” – Siegbert Tarrasch
  • “For in the idea of chess and the development of the chess mind we have a picture of the intellectual struggle of mankind.” – Richard Réti

Chess Quotes About The Game

  • “I don’t believe in psychology. I believe in good moves.” – Bobby Fischer
  • “Play the opening like a book, the middlegame like a magician, and the endgame like a machine.” – Rudolph Spielmann
  • “I used to attack because it was the only thing I knew. Now I attack because I know it works best.” – Garry Kasparov
  • “It is my style to take my opponent and myself on to unknown grounds. A game of chess is not an examination of knowledge; it is a battle of nerves.” – David Bronstein
  • “Chess is rarely a game of ideal moves. Almost always, a player faces a series of difficult consequences whichever move he makes.” – David Shenk
  • “When you see a good move, look for a better one.” – Emanuel Lasker
  • “After a bad opening, there is hope for the middle game. After a bad middle game, there is hope for the endgame. But once you are in the endgame, the moment of truth has arrived.” – Edmar Mednis
  • “Give me a difficult positional game, I will play it. But totally won positions, I cannot stand them.” – Hein Donner
  • “There is no remorse like the remorse of chess.” – H. G. Wells

Chess Quotes About Pawns

  • “Pawns are the soul of the game.” – François-André Danican Philidor
  • “The passed pawn is a criminal, who should be kept under lock and key. Mild measures, such as police surveillance, are not sufficient.” – Aron Nimzowitsch
  • “Modern chess is too much concerned with things like pawn structure. Forget it, checkmate ends the game.” – Nigel Short
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