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Game Of Chess Quotes


"The placing of the center pawns determines the 'topography' of a game of chess." - Alexander Kotov

"Diplomacy is a game of chess in which the nations are checkmated." - Karl Kraus

"Be warned! From Satan's viewpoint you are a pawn in his game of cosmic chess." - Adrian Rogers

"Most innovative little board game since Chess." - Michael A. Stackpole

"In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate." - Isaac Asimov

"Chess is the only game greater than its players." - Tim Rice

"Chess is not a game, but a disease." - Henry Campbell-Bannerman

"The days when it was possible to win a serious game only by merit of sporting character or depth of chess understanding have vanished forever. Chess knowledge has become dominant, bypassing all the other factors that contribute to success." - Anatoly Karpov

"Chess is not for the faint-hearted; it absorbs a person entirely. To get to the bottom of this game, he has to give himself up into slavery. Chess is difficult, it demands work, serious reflection and zealous research." - Wilhelm Steinitz

"I used to play a lot of chess and competitive chess and study chess and as you get to the grandmasters and learn their styles when you start copying their games like the way they express themselves through... The way Kasparov or Bobby Fischer expresses themselves through a game of chess is it's astonishing. You can show a chess master one of their games and they'll say "Yeah, that is done by that player."" - Rainn Wilson

"Of course, errors are not good for a chess game, but errors are unavoidable and in any case, a game without ant errors, or as they say 'flawless game' is colorless." - Mikhail Tal

"Chess is more than a game or a mental training. It is a distinct attainment. I have always regarded the playing of chess and the accomplishment of a good game as an art, and something to be admired no less than an artist's canvas or the product of a sculptor's chisel. Chess is a mental diversion rather than a game. It is both artistic and scientific." - Jose Raul Capablanca

"I'm a chess piece. A pawn,' she said. 'I can be sacrificed, but I cannot be captured. To be captured would be the end of the game." - Paolo Bacigalupi

"Independence of thought is a most valuable quality in a chess-player, both at the board and when preparing for a game." - David Bronstein

"You know what the game of golf is, don't you? It's basketball for people who can't jump and chess for people who can't think." - Tom Robbins

"Obama is like a chess player who is playing simultaneous chess and has opened his game with an unusual opening." - Henry A Kissinger

"Life on a lifeboat is' much of a life. It is like an end game in chess, a game with few pieces. The elements could' be more simple, nor the stakes higher." - Yann Martel

"Chess is the gymnasium of the mind." - Adolf Anderssen

"The pawn is the soul of chess." - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor

"There are fixed rules in chess, and no one knows how the game will end." - Garry Kasparov

"Remy you're my king." I hug him hard. "There's no chess game for me without you." - Katy Evans

"The chess-board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us." - Thomas Henry Huxley

"Reductio ad absurdum, which Euclid loved so much, is one of a mathematician's finest weapons. It is a far finer gambit than any chess play: a chess player may offer the sacrifice of a pawn or even a piece, but a mathematician offers the game." - G H Hardy

"Politicians should be dedicated to the welfare of the people, but sometimes politics becomes like a game of chess, in which the sole aim is to stay on board as long as possible." - Nirmala Srivastava

"Remorse has no place in a warrior's mind... A war is like a game of chess, Nicholaa. Every battle is like a well-thought-out move on the board. Once it begins, there shouldn't be any emotion involved whatsoever." - Julie Garwood

"The sailor is frankness, the landsman is finesse. Life is not a game with the sailor, demanding the long head-no intricate game of chess where few moves are made in straight-forwardness and ends are attained by indirection, an oblique, tedious, barren game hardly worth that poor candle burnt out in playing it." - Herman Melville

"The sailor is frankness, the landsman is finesse. Life is not a game with the sailor, demanding the long head - no intricate game of chess where few moves are made in straightforwardness and ends are attained by indirection, an oblique, tedious, barren game hardly worth that poor candle burnt out in playing it." - Herman Melville

"Despite the development of chess theory, there is much that remains secret and unexplored in chess." - Vasily Smyslov

"Life is a thing to be lived, not spent; to be faced, not ordered. Life is not a game of chess, the victory to the most knowing; it is a game of cards, one's hand by skill to be made the best of." - Jerome K Jerome

"Life is like a game of chess. To win you have to make a move. Knowing which move to make comes with IN-SIGHT and knowledge, and by learning the lessons that are acculated along the way. We become each and every piece within the game called life!" - Alan Rufus

"Chess problems are the hymn-tunes of mathematics." - G H Hardy

"Chess will always be the master of us all." - Alexander Alekhine

"Charles Babbage proposed to make an automaton chess-player which should register mechanically the number of games lost and gained in consequence of every sort of move. Thus, the longer the automaton went on playing game, the more experienced it would become by the accumulation of experimental results. Such a machine precisely represents the acquirement of experience by our nervous organization." - William Stanley Jevons

"I'm not much of a chess player, but there is an aspect of the game that I find fascinating. After a while, you can almost see lines of force between the pieces. Areas of danger where it is physically impossible to move pieces into. Clouds of possibility, forbidden zones." - Hannu Rajaniemi

"Possibly, over the course of time, the brain capacity of homo sapiens will have made such great progress, that complications as contained in this game can be fathomed instantly with a shrug and a smile. Then, not only will the game of chess have ceased to exist, but also will the remembrance of frequently missed objectives elicit pity, as a reaction to the shortcomings of a lower organized form of life." - Lodewijk Prins

"Relationships are a battle. They are a chess game. And what did I do? I just threw all my chess pieces down on the board at once, and said, "Here! Have them all!" - Sophie Kinsella

"Life is like a game of chess...there are many moves possible, but each move determines your next move...where you wind up is the sum total of all your past moves...but first you have to make some kind of move." - Mort Walker

"It's a great huge game of chess that's being played-all over the world-if this is the world at all, you know. Oh, what fun it is! How I wish I was one of them! I wouldn't mind being a Pawn, if only I might join-though of course I should like to be a Queen, best." - Lewis Carroll

"An apocryphal story - the word "apocryphal" here means "obviously untrue" - tells of two people, long ago, who were very bored, and that instead of complaining about it they sat up all night and invented the game of chess so that everyone else in the world, on evenings when there is nothing to do, can also be bored by the perplexing and tedious game they invented." - Daniel Handler

"Malina looked incredulous. "Are you anything more than a Druid?" "Of course I am. I own this shop and I play a mean game of chess, and I've been told that I'm a frakkin' Cylon." "What's a frakkin' Cylon?" "I don't know, but it sounds really scary when you say it with a Polish Accent." - Kevin Hearne

"Have you ever seen a demonstrable example of equality in your entire life? Can it be glimpsed in any dog show or classroom? In any ping pong game or chess match? Of course not. It is a philosophical abstraction, something nowhere to be found in nature." - Boyd Rice

"The Possibilities in racing tactics are almost unlimited, as in a game of chess, for every move there is a counter, for every attack there is a defense.... The runner's greatest asset, apart from essential fitness of body, is a cool and calculating brain allied to confidence and courage. Above all, he must have a will to win." - Franz Stampfl

"Chess is a game of bad moves." - Andrew Soltis

"All I expect are wins and to get pleasure from the game. And if someone thinks something about me, if someone's dissatisfied with something... that's not my headache. I hope someday I'll become World Champion - and I'll make all these people happy. But even if for some reason that doesn't happen it won't stop me getting pleasure from chess. I'm sure of that." - Magnus Carlsen

"No one ever won a chess game by betting on each move. Sometimes you have to move backward to get a step forward." - Amar Bose

"Making a movie is like a chess game. It's about constantly changing patterns, adapting to new things. It's not just black and white, as you know." - Tom Cruise

"American democracy is a chess-game in which pawns imagine themselves to be free individuals with wills of their own: that delusion is one of the rules of the game, without which the game could not continue. I doubt anyone, no matter how sharp and sharp-tongued, could succeed in getting across to high school students how vital an acute mind is for just keeping a grip on one's life and earnings in our mendacious politics and economics. No wonder our school system is devoutly dedicated to demoralizing and blunting such minds." - Kenny Smith

"You have to accustom yourself to practical study at home, you have to devote time to studies, to the history of chess, the development of chess, of chess culture." - Mikhail Botvinnik

"The Advantage is that mathematics is a field in which one's blunders tend to show very clearly and can be corrected or erased with a stroke of the pencil. It is a field which has often been compared with chess, but differs from the latter in that it is only one's best moments that count and not one's worst. A single inattention may lose a chess game, whereas a single successful approach to a problem, among many which have been relegated to the wastebasket, will make a mathematician's reputation." - Norbert Wiener

"I would prefer chess to become part of the Olympic Games. This would also lead to chess become more accepted as a sport in general." - Viswanathan Anand

"Chess is the most elaborate waste of human intelligence outside of an advertising agency." - Raymond Chandler

"Avoidance of mistakes is the beginning, as it is the end, of mastery in chess." - Eugene Znosko-Borovsky

"It is a game of chess with this city. We'll have to see how it is going to play out. The city goes back and forth trying to figure out what programs to cut and what they have funding for. What I would love to see is for the city to step up and run the rink 10 months out of the year so kids can play in the summer and we can have camps here in Glenwood." - Bill Vaughan

"People are governed by the head; a kind heart is of little value in chess." - Nicolas Chamfort

"We are as pieces of chess engaged in victory and defeat!..." - Rumi

"It is impossible to ignore a highly important factor of the chess struggle - psychology." - Yuri Averbakh

"I think a player constantly improves his understanding of chess with experience." - Yasser Seirawan

"A Queen's sacrifice, even when fairly obvious, always rejoices the heart of the chess-lover." - Savielly Tartakower

"The laws of chess are as beautiful as those governing the universe - and as deadly." - Katherine Neville

"Life on a lifeboat isn't much of a life. It is like an end game in chess, a game with a few pieces. The elements couldn't be more simple, nor the stakes higher. Physically it is extraordinarily arduous, and morally it is killing...You get your happiness where you can. You reach a point where you're at the bottom of hell, yet you have your arms crossed and a smile on your face, and you feel you're the luckiest person on earth. Why? Because at your feet you have a tiny dead fish" - Yann Martel

"The game of baseball is a clean, straight game." - William Howard Taft

"Chess is a game of understanding and not of memory." - Eugene Znosko-Borovsky

"Chess is and will always be a game of chance." - Jan Hein Donner

"I play my enemies like a game of chess" - Lauryn Hill

"I love the game - and I hate the Russians because they've almost ruined it. They only risk the title when they have to, every three years. They play for draws with each other but play to win against the Western masters. Draws make for dull chess, wins make for fighting chess." - Bobby Fischer

"The consumer game is tougher than pro football and more conniving than chess. One side [industry] invents the rules and the other side [consumers] is left to guess what they are." - Betty Furness

"Much time and money has gone into computer chess programs, and so far, no one's figured out how to crack the game, which I think speaks to chess's complexity." - Wells Tower

"In chess, as a purely intellectual game, where randomness is excluded, - for someone to play against himself is absurd ... It is as paradoxical, as attempting to jump over his own shadow." - Stefan Zweig

"The rise of the Soviet school to the summit of world chess is a logical result of socialist cultural development." - Alexander Kotov

"I have always thought it a matter of honour for every chess player to deserve the smile of fortune." - Mikhail Tal

"The profuse phallic symbolism of chess provides some fantasy gratification of the homosexual wish, particularly the desire for mutual masturbation." - Reuben Fine

"With this mistake I deprived myself of the possibility to make a contribution to the treasury of chess art." - Garry Kasparov

"I am a design chauvinist. I believe that good design is magical and not to be lightly tinkered with. The difference between a great design and a lousy one is in the meshing of the thousand details that either fit or don't, and the spirit of the passionate intellect that has tied them together, or tried. That's why programming - or buying software - on the basis of "lists of features" is a doomed and misguided effort. The features can be thrown together, as in a garbage can, or carefully laid together and interwoven in elegant unification, as in APL, or the Forth language, or the game of chess." - Ted Nelson

"Artificial intelligence is based on the assumption that the mind can be described as some kind of formal system manipulating symbols that stand for things in the world. Thus it doesn't matter what the brain is made of, or what it uses for tokens in the great game of thinking. Using an equivalent set of tokens and rules, we can do thinking with a digital computer, just as we can play chess using cups, salt and pepper shakers, knives, forks, and spoons. Using the right software, one system (the mind) can be mapped onto the other (the computer)." - George Johnson

"Many men, many styles; what is chess style but the intangible expression of the will to win." - Aron Nimzowitsch

"When chess masters err, ordinary wood pushers tend to derive a measure of satisfaction, if not actual glee." - Israel Albert Horowitz

"In chess, there is only one mistake: over-estimation of your opponent. All else is either bad luck or weakness." - Savielly Tartakower

"Canada is a country where the serious writers are hockey fans and readers of comic books. They don't play chess." - Louis Dudek

"Chess isn't a game of speed, it is a game of speech through actions" - Matt Selman

"I do not play chess - I fight at chess. Therefore, I willingly combine the tactical with the strategic, the fantastic with the scientific, the combinative with the positional, and I aim to respond to the demands of each given position." - Alexander Alekhine

"I would never suggest to anyone that they drop school for chess. First of all even if you can make it in chess, your social skills need to be developed there." - Viswanathan Anand

"When I am trying to understand the method of winning in the endgame with two bishops against the knight, chess is a science, when I admire a beautiful combination or study, then chess is art, and when I am complicating position in the approaching time trouble of my opponent, then chess is sport." - Ashot Nadanian

"The physicist is like someone who's watching people playing chess and, after watching a few games, he may have worked out what the moves in the game are. But understanding the rules is just a trivial preliminary on the long route from being a novice to being a grand master. So even if we understand all the laws of physics, then exploring their consequences in the everyday world where complex structures can exist is a far more daunting task, and that's an inexhaustible one I'm sure." - Martin Rees

"The concept of 'talent' is formed under completely abstract criteria, having nothing in common with reality. But the reality is such that I don't understand chess as a whole. But then again no one understands chess in its entirety. Perhaps talent is something else, in chess it is conditionality." - Alexander Morozevich

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

"Results, are the name of the game..." - Jim Rohn

"Excellence is the name of the game..." - Judith Jamison

"Chess is 99 percent calculation." - Andrew Soltis

"I would rather get out of the game than stay in the game to change the game." - Danielle LaPorte

"Instead of playing the game "Making Life Wonderful", we often play the game called "Who's Right". Do you know that game? It's a game where everybody loses." - Marshall B. Rosenberg

"I have a plan of action, but the game is a game of adjustments." - Mike Krzyzewski

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

"Golf is just a game - and an idiotic game most of the time." - Mark Calcavecchia

"When you watch the game, be a student of the game." - Don Meyer

"The game we are playing her is closest to the old game of 'Christians and lions.'" - Robert Crandall

"An hour's history of two minds is well told in a game of chess." - Jose Raul Capablanca

"Weaknesses of character are normally shown in a game of chess." - Garry Kasparov

"The beauty of a game of chess is usually assessed according to the sacrifices it contains." - Rudolf Spielmann

"Litigation is the pursuit of practical ends, not a game of chess." - Felix Frankfurter

"My fascination for studies proved highly beneficial, it assisted the development of my aesthetic understanding of chess, and improved my endgame play." - Vasily Smyslov

"When you have a World Champion in your smartphone, the myth of the superior brainpower of human chess champions has lost its power." - Hans Ree

"Each life is a game of chess that went to hell on the seventh move(...)" - Martin Amis

"Wilhelm Steinitz was the first man to appreciate the inherent logic behind the game of chess." - William Hartston

"If you don't have an end game of something delightful, you're just moving chess pieces around." - William Mcdonough

"All conceptions in the game of chess have a geometrical basis." - Eugene Znosko-Borovsky

"Chess is a time game, it's a game of patience. That pretty much defines how I run the ball." - Priest Holmes

"Chess is a time game, it's a game of patience. That pretty much defines how I run the ball." - Priest Holmes

"Chess is a time game, it's a game of patience. That pretty much defines how I run the ball." - Priest Holmes

"Baseball and cricket are beautiful and highly stylized medieval war substitutes, chess made flesh, a mixture of proud chivalry and base-in both senses-greed." - John Fowles

"Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual ... may well be the chess book of the year... [It] comes close to an ultimate one-volume manual on the endgame." - Lubomir Kavalek

"Never in the history of chess have so many moves been repeated so often so quickly by so many people who didn't really understand them." - Michael Stean

"During a chess tournament a master must envisage himself as a cross between an ascetic monk and a beast of prey." - Alexander Alekhine

"The world championship is a disputed title. You've got a situation like boxing. Speaking as a member of the chess world, it's extremely undignified." - Yasser Seirawan

"All opening moves were the same, like in chess. You don't have to come up with anything new, there's no point, because you're both after the same thing anyway. The game soon finds its own way and it's only at that point that you need a strategy." - Paolo Giordano

"When I was growing up, I was as socially outcast as any nerd could possibly be. I was in the chess club, I brought D&D stuff to school, I had every game system you could imagine, I spent countless hours at arcades, computer camp, loud presence in the Latin Club. All that stuff." - Chris Hardwick

"Every time you take a step, even when you don't want to. . . . When it hurts, when it means you rub chins with death, or even if it means dying, that's good. Anything that moves ahead, wins. No chess game was ever won by the player who sat for a lifetime thinking over his next move." - Ray Bradbury

"Chess is a fathead and feudal game." - Georges Perec

"I have also known some of the world's finest brains and some of these, though passionately fond of chess, have been pretty poor players. I used to know one of the world's leading mathematicians and whenever we played chess I had to give him the odds of a Queen to make matters more equal, and even then I always won." - Harry Golombek

"Chess programs are our enemies, they destroy the romance of chess. They take away the beauty of the game. Everything can be calculated." - Levon Aronian

"The chess world is obligated to organize a match between the champion of the world and the winner of this Carlsbad tournament - indeed, this is a moral obligation. If the world of chess should remain deaf to its obligation, on the other hand, it would amount to an absolutely unforgivable omission, carrying with it a heavy burden of guilt." - Aron Nimzowitsch

"A chess tournament disguised as a circus." - John Connally

"The Russians have fixed world chess." - Bobby Fischer

"Botvinnik was a killer in chess." - Yuri Averbakh

"Chess is most certainly not my life." - Tony Miles

"Chess is not only knowledge and logic" - Alexander Alekhine

"Chess and theatre often lead to madness." - Fernando Arrabal

"Snooker is just chess with balls." - Clive James

"The enormous mental resilience, without which no Chess player can exist, was so much taken up by Chess that he could never free his mind of this game" - Albert Einstein

"A game of chess holds many secrets. Fortunately! That is why we cannot clearly state whether chess is science, art, or a sport." - Garry Kasparov

"I have always a slight feeling of pity for the man who has no knowledge of chess, just as I would pity the man who has remained ignorant of love. Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make man happy." - Siegbert Tarrasch

"Chess strategy as such today is still in its diapers, despite Tarrasch's statement 'We live today in a beautiful time of progress in all fields'. Not even the slightest attempt has been made to explore and formulate the laws of chess strategy." - Aron Nimzowitsch

"Love the game of baseball and baseball will love you." - Babe Ruth

"Stay in the game until the end of time." - Tupac Shakur

"In golf, humiliations are the essence of the game." - Alistair Cooke

"The ball is an essential part of the game." - Johan Cruijff

"Cersei in Game of Thrones is quite solid and stiff." - Lena Headey

"Golf is a game of precision, not strength." - Jack Nicklaus

"This wild swan of a world is no hunter's game." - Robinson Jeffers

"Life seemed even more of a guessing game than usual." - Julian Barnes

"We were outplayed in every facet of the game" - Michael Clarke

"Matrimony is the only game of chance the clergy favor." - Emily Murphy

"Decorating is like math, a game of adding and subtracting." - Charlotte Moss

"There is this concept of politics as a dirty game." - Georgios A. Papandreou

"Daikatana will be the greatest game of all time" - John Romero

"Feelings can't be a part of this game." - Simone Elkeles

"Baseball teaches that errors are part of the game." - Ernest Kurtz

"Ninety percent of this game is half mental." - Yogi Berra

"A championship contender in the early twentieth century needed charisma and a knack for cultivating sponsorship, and Rubinstein was the epitome of the shy and unsocial chess player. Now matter how great his chess skills, he lacked the people skills to be a self-promoter and fund-raiser." - Garry Kasparov

"... in itself the title of world champion does not give any significicant advantages, if it is not acknowledged by the entire chess world, and a champion who does not have the chess world behind him is, in my view, a laughing-stock." - Emanuel Lasker

"A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play." - James P. Carse



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