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Chess Player Quotes By Emanuel Lasker

The most intelligent inspection of any number of fine paintings will not make the observer a painter, nor will listening to a number of operas make the hearer a musician, but good judges of music and painting may so be formed. Chess differs from these. The intelligent perusal of fine games cannot fail to make the reader a better player and a better judge of the play of others. — Emanuel Lasker

Chess Player Quotes By John Nunn

While it is a cause for regret that Fischer did not continue to produce scintillating games, he perhaps had a greater impact on chess than any other twentieth century player — John Nunn

Chess Player Quotes By Vasily Smyslov

In my opinion, the style of a player should not be formed under the influence of any single great master. — Vasily Smyslov

Chess Player Quotes By Rachel Vincent

The queen was my favorite chess piece. Unlike the women I knew in real life, she was powerful. Her job was to defend her husband at all costs, because while he was weak and practically defenseless - only allowed to move one square at a time - she was the strongest player on the board, hindered by no restrictions at all. — Rachel Vincent

Chess Player Quotes By Magnus Carlsen

I don't consider myself a particularly young chess player. I have been playing in the best tournaments in the world since I was 16 years old. In other sports, if you have been playing for seven years, you are not a young prodigy any more. You're one of the pros. — Magnus Carlsen

Chess Player Quotes By Anatoly Karpov

If, in our first match for the world champion's title, I had managed to make the score 6-0, there would have been no Kasparov as a good chess player at all. — Anatoly Karpov

Chess Player Quotes By Alison Gopnik

It's turns out to be much easier to simulate a grandmaster chess player than it is to simulate a 2-year-old. — Alison Gopnik

Chess Player Quotes By Rachel Van Dyken

You may not see every single piece of the puzzle that creates your life
you may not see every move the grand chess player makes
but know, He is in complete control of the game board. Sometimes certain pieces are moved or knocked over to make room for new ones. Other times, things happen because of the world we live in. But everything in the end, will always turn out for good. It's a nice promise, isn't it? To know there's a reason for it all? — Rachel Van Dyken

Chess Player Quotes By Henry A. Kissinger

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

Chess Player Quotes By Laura Caine Ramsey

The Buke of Ye Chess used the game as the basis for a series of sermons on morality. Neither book illustrates play or player improvement, but uses the chessboard and pieces to 'allegorize a political community whose citizens contribute to the common good'2. — Laura Caine Ramsey

Chess Player Quotes By Bono

The reason I like the game chess is because each move has countless repercussions, but you're in charge of them. And it's your ability to see into the future and the effects of the decisions you've made that males you either a good or not a good chess player. It's not luck. — Bono

Chess Player Quotes By Larry Evans

Fischer is the strongest player in the world. In fact, the strongest player who ever lived — Larry Evans

Chess Player Quotes By Eugene Znosko-Borovsky

All chess players know what a combination is. Whether one makes it oneself, or is its victim, or reads of it, it stands out from the rest of the game and stirs one's admiration. — Eugene Znosko-Borovsky

Chess Player Quotes By Elizabeth Goudge

Imagine God and Man set down together to play that game of chess that we call life. The one player is a master, the other a bungling amateur, so the outcome of the game cannot be in question. The amateur has free will, he does what he pleases, for it was he who chose to set up his will against that of the master in the first place; he throws the whole board into confusion time and again and by his foolishness delays the orderly ending of it all for countless generations, but every stupid move of his is dealt with by a masterly counterstroke, and slowly but inexorably the game sweeps on to the master's victory. But, mind you, the game could not move on at all without the full complement of pieces; Kings, Queens, Bishops, Knights, Pawns; the master does not lose sight of a single one of them. — Elizabeth Goudge

Chess Player Quotes By Bobby Fischer

It's the fault of the chess players themselves. I don't know what they used to be, but now they're not the most gentlemanly group. When it was a game played by the aristocrats it had more like you know dignity to it. When they used to have the clubs, like no women were allowed and everybody went in dressed in a suit, a tie, like gentlemen, you know. Now, kids come running in their sneakers. Even in the best chess club-and they got women in there. It's a social place and people are making noise, it's a madhouse. — Bobby Fischer

Chess Player Quotes By Alexander Alekhine

Playing for complications is an extreme measure that a player should adopt only when he cannot find a clear and logical plan. — Alexander Alekhine

Chess Player Quotes By Jeff Hawkins

Deep Blue didn't win by being smarter than a human; it won by being millions of times faster than a human. Deep Blue had no intuition. An expert human player looks at a board position and immediately sees what areas of play are most likely to be fruitful or dangerous, whereas a computer has no innate sense of what is important and must explore many more options. Deep Blue also had no sense of the history of the game, and didn't know anything about its opponent. It played chess yet didn't understand chess, in the same way a calculator performs arithmetic bud doesn't understand mathematics. — Jeff Hawkins

Chess Player Quotes By Vladimir Kramnik

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

Chess Player Quotes By Romain Edouard

19.Rxc7N. There comes the novetly! [sic] Actually, the impression I had is that both players had more or less analyzed the rest of the game. — Romain Edouard

Chess Player Quotes By Samuel Reshevsky

Young players calculate everything, a requirement of their relative inexperience. — Samuel Reshevsky

Chess Player Quotes By Christopher Moore

Like looking down on a lubricious chess set, isn't it? The king moves in tiny steps, with no direction, like a drunkard trying to avoid the archer's bolt. The others work their strategies and wait for the old man to fall. He has no power, yet all power moves in his orbit and to his mad whim. Do you know there's no fool piece on the chessboard, Kent?" "Methinks the fool is the player, the mind above the moves. — Christopher Moore

Chess Player Quotes By Emanuel Lasker

I have known many chess players, but among them there has been only one genius - Capablanca! — Emanuel Lasker

Chess Player Quotes By Mark Lawrence

I have read that the Builders made toys that could play chess. Toys, as small as the silver bishop in my hand, that could defeat any player, taking no time to select moves that undid even the best minds amongst their makers. The bishop made a satisfying click when tapped to the board. I beat out a little rhythm, wondering if any point remained in playing a game that toys could own. If we couldn't find a better game then perhaps the mechanical minds the Builders left behind would always win. — Mark Lawrence

Chess Player Quotes By Reggie Rivers

"Chess has definitely helped me understand a lot of the strategy of football. In chess, good offense is often an exercise in putting multiple points of pressure on one square. In football, offensive play design (particularly passes) involves putting multiple points of pressure on one player." "In chess, you often give your opponent a move that looks strong for him, but it turns into a trap. Football is the same way. I've always thought of defense in football as being totally reactive. But now I understand the ways in which football defenses force the offense to make certain choices." — Reggie Rivers

Chess Player Quotes By Eduard Gufeld

For me, Chess is life and every game is like a new life. Every chess player gets to live many lives in one lifetime. — Eduard Gufeld

Chess Player Quotes By Anatoly Karpov

The first great chess players, including the world champion, got by perfectly well without constant coaches. — Anatoly Karpov

Chess Player Quotes By Garry Kasparov

The legend of the best player of chess has been destroyed. — Garry Kasparov

Chess Player Quotes By Mikhail Botvinnik

It is a well known fact that almost all the outstanding chess-players have been first-class analysts. — Mikhail Botvinnik

Chess Player Quotes By Ashley Jeffery

I pull on her tether all the time but it won't sink in. I have a feeling I'm using too much magic. I can't hold so many under my control and pull them in deep. Dean is the only one I have fully immersed. I am the puppet master. I am the only player on the board.
Pacey doesn't even know that the game has begun.-Lilith — Ashley Jeffery

Chess Player Quotes By Richard Reti

A knowledge of tactics is the foundation of positional play. This is a rule which has stood its test in chess history and one which we cannot impress forcibly enough upon the young chess player. A beginner should avoid Queen's Gambit and French Defence and play open games instead! While he may not win as many games at first, he will in the long run be amply compensated by acquiring a thorough knowledge of the game — Richard Reti

Chess Player Quotes By Anatol Rapoport

One cannot play chess if one becomes aware of the pieces as living souls and of the fact that the Whites and the Blacks have more in common with each other than with the players. Suddenly one loses all interest in who will be champion. — Anatol Rapoport

Chess Player Quotes By Jerry Bridges

The wisdom of the chess player is displayed more in winning over a capable opponent than a novice. The wisdom of the general is displayed more in defeating a superior army than in subduing an inferior one. Even more so, the wisdom of God is displayed when He brings good to us and glory to Himself out of confusion and calamity rather than out of pleasant times. — Jerry Bridges

Chess Player Quotes By Garry Kasparov

The highest Art of the Chess player lies in not allowing your Opponent to show you what he can do. — Garry Kasparov

Chess Player Quotes By Bent Larsen

A chess player never has a heart attack in a good position. — Bent Larsen

Chess Player Quotes By Garry Kasparov

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

Chess Player Quotes By Magnus Carlsen

Once you're a chess player, you spend a lot of time thinking about the game and you can't get it completely out of your head. — Magnus Carlsen

Chess Player Quotes By Bobby Fischer

Capablanca was among the greatest of chess players, but not because of his endgame. His trick was to keep his openings simple, and then play with such brilliance in the middlegame that the game was decided - even though his ooponent didn't always know it - before they arrived at the ending. — Bobby Fischer

Chess Player Quotes By Marcus Du Sautoy

Rather than opera, football is more like ballet or a chess game. You can really see it in a team like Arsenal, especially when Dennis Bergkamp was playing. He seemed to be able to read the game like a chessboard and knew where a player would be several seconds later and put the ball there for him. — Marcus Du Sautoy

Chess Player Quotes By Siegbert Tarrasch

What is the object of playing a gambit opening? ... To acquire a reputation of being a dashing player at the cost of losing a game — Siegbert Tarrasch

Chess Player Quotes By Fred Waitzkin

Except for a handful, chess players don't have such illusions. The game has a severe analytic quality that makes self-deception difficult. Unlike the undiscovered poet who, despite the harsh criticism of his peers, lives on his fantasies for the day that he will be recognized as the next Dylan Thomas, even a young chess player can usually gauge his talent. When Josh was six, he played several games against a pudgy thirteen-year-old who was the top player on his high school team. He beat Josh every time, but a couple of the games were close, and afterwards the boy seemed gloomy about his performance. He explained that if he didn't make significant improvement during the next year, he would wind up as just another wood-pusher. Despite his celebrity in school, he seemed to know that he didn't have it. While — Fred Waitzkin

Chess Player Quotes By Ray Bradbury

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 Player Quotes By Emanuel Lasker

Having spent 200 hours on the above, the young player, even if he possesses no special talent for chess, is likely to be among those two or three thousand chessplayers [who play on a par with a master]. There are, however, a quarter of a million chessplayers who annually spend no fewer than 200 hours on chess without making any progress. Without going into any further calculations, I can assert with a high degree of certainty that nowadays we achieve only a fraction of what we are capable of achieving. — Emanuel Lasker

Chess Player Quotes By Alexander Kotov

Anyone who wishes to learn how to play chess well must make himself or herself thoroughly conversant with the play in positions where the players have castled on opposite sides. — Alexander Kotov

Chess Player Quotes By Kenneth Rogoff

The Indians and Chinese have become brilliant chess professionals. They get on a plane and play all over the world. This has led to dramatic pressure on incomes. Nowadays, the best chess player in Argentina can no longer make a living playing chess. — Kenneth Rogoff

Chess Player Quotes By Mikhail Chigorin

Not infrequently ... the theoretical is a synonym of the stereotyped. For the 'theoretical' in chess is nothing more than that which can be found in the textbooks and to which players try to conform because they cannot think up anything better or equal, anything original. — Mikhail Chigorin

Chess Player Quotes By Arthur Dean

A Soviet diplomat, like a skilled chess player, does not expect his opposite number to give up something for nothing, not even a pawn. — Arthur Dean

Chess Player Quotes By Vladimir Kramnik

Playing rapid chess, one can lose the habit of concentrating for several hours in serious chess. That is why, if a player has big aims, he should limit his rapidplay in favour of serious chess. — Vladimir Kramnik

Chess Player Quotes By Marcel Duchamp

Chess players are madmen of a certain quality, the way the artist is supposed to be, and isn't, in general. — Marcel Duchamp

Chess Player Quotes By Humpy Koneru

I spend around one hour per day on physical exercise. Exercise is a must for every chess player. As the proverb says, 'A sound mind in a sound body'. — Humpy Koneru

Chess Player Quotes By Dorothy Dunnett

A long time afterwards, she was to remember what an excellent chess-player Francis Crawford was. — Dorothy Dunnett

Chess Player Quotes By Siegbert Tarrasch

It is not enough to be a good player ... you must also play well — Siegbert Tarrasch

Chess Player Quotes By Richard Reti

We perceive after a careful consideration of the evolution of the chess mind that such evolution has gone on, in general, in a way quite similar to that in which it goes on with the individual chess player, only with the latter more rapidly. — Richard Reti

Chess Player Quotes By Stephen Potter

In our small chess community in Marylebone it would be mock modesty on my part to deny that I have built up for myself a considerable name without ever actually having won a single game. Even the best players are sometimes beaten, and that is precisely what happens to me. — Stephen Potter

Chess Player Quotes By Thomas Henry Huxley

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. We know that his play is always fair, and patient. But also we know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance. — Thomas Henry Huxley

Chess Player Quotes By Jose Raul Capablanca

In chess, as played by a good player, logic and imagination must go hand in hand, compensating each other. — Jose Raul Capablanca

Chess Player Quotes By Viktor Korchnoi

Chess players, people who travel all over the world, should be trusted or else not sent anywhere at all. Why are these four people (Antoshion and three other official 'minders') sent along to supervise us? With their meagre experience, all that thay did was interfere, more than ever before. And when they were needed, they weren't to be found ... — Viktor Korchnoi

Chess Player Quotes By Pat Robertson

The key in terms of mental ability is chess. There's never been a woman Grand Master chess player. Once you get one, then I'll buy some of the feminism ... — Pat Robertson

Chess Player Quotes By Bobby Fischer

I am the best player in the world and I am here to prove it — Bobby Fischer

Chess Player Quotes By Ralph Charell

Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece. — Ralph Charell

Chess Player Quotes By Emanuel Lasker

The game gives us a satisfaction that Life denies us. And for the Chess player, the success which crowns his work, the great dispeller of sorrows, is named 'combination'. — Emanuel Lasker

Chess Player Quotes By Lisa Lane

There's never before been a Chess player with such a thorough knowledge of the intricacies of the game and such an absolutely indomitable will to win. I think Bobby is the greatest player that ever lived — Lisa Lane

Chess Player Quotes By Viswanathan Anand

Chess is like a language, the top players are very fluent at it. Talent can be developed scientifically but you have to find first what you are good at. — Viswanathan Anand

Chess Player Quotes By Alfred Binet

Could we look into the head of a Chess player, we should see there a whole world of feelings, images, ideas, emotion and passion — Alfred Binet

Chess Player Quotes By Marilyn Vos Savant

The chess player who develops the ability to play two dozen boards at a time will benefit from learning to compress his or her analysis into less time. — Marilyn Vos Savant

Chess Player Quotes By Lance Henriksen

I learned a lot. I really did. Millennium is a state of mind. I always thought of Frank Black as the greatest chess player that could take random pieces of information and string them together into a scenario that was accurate. I never thought of him as a psychic at all. We need people like that. — Lance Henriksen

Chess Player Quotes By Richard Reti

It is a delight to watch a young and gifted chess player. To him have come no sinister experiences; to him continual carping care is foreign. Therefore he loves the attack and the bold sacrifice; for theirin lies the shortest way to his ultimate objective. — Richard Reti

Chess Player Quotes By Judit Polgar

India and China are improving by leaps and bounds and it will be their chess players who will lead the revolution of the XXI century. — Judit Polgar

Chess Player Quotes By Ronn Munsterman

Here's a list of things an intermediate player will have in his chess toolbox: Checkmate patterns involving the Queen, Rooks, Knights and Bishops in combination with each other. King and Queen checkmate. King and Rook checkmate. King and pawn (promotion), then King and Queen checkmate. Pins, skewers, and forks. Understands the principles of the opening. Knows a solid opening for white, and can play a sound opening for black against both e4 and d4 openings. Understands the idea of winning the exchange, and knows what to do after getting up in material. — Ronn Munsterman

Chess Player Quotes By Mikhail Tal

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

Chess Player Quotes By Kenneth De Guzman

I want to be an aggressive player;One who always find joy in every move. — Kenneth De Guzman

Chess Player Quotes By Kate Chopin

She felt like a chess player who, by the clever handling of his pieces, sees the game taking the course intended. Her eyes were bright and tender with a smile as they glanced up into his; and her lips looked hungry for the kiss which they invited. — Kate Chopin

Chess Player Quotes By Wilhelm Steinitz

Chess is so inspiring that I do not believe a good player is capable of having an evil thought during the game. — Wilhelm Steinitz

Chess Player Quotes By Anatoly Karpov

By all means examine the games of the great chess players, but don't swallow them whole. Their games are valuable not for their separate moves, but for their vision of chess, their way of thinking. — Anatoly Karpov

Chess Player Quotes By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

But man is a fickle and disreputable creature and perhaps, like a chess-player, is interested in the process of attaining his goal rather than the goal itself. — Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Chess Player Quotes By Israel Albert Horowitz

The huge egos of great chess players are legendary. Psychologists have been amazed by their vanity, have studied it, and anecdotes concerning it are abundant. But never before has there been such a prima donna as Bobby. Already he has managed to alienate and offend almost everybody in the chess world. That includes officials, patrons, writers, almost everybody and anybody who might be in a position to help him in his career. — Israel Albert Horowitz

Chess Player Quotes By Nassim Nicholas Taleb

the more interesting their conversation, the more cultured they are, the more they will be trapped into thinking that they are effective at what they are doing in real business (something psychologists call the halo effect, the mistake of thinking that skills in, say, skiing translate unfailingly into skills in managing a pottery workshop or a bank department, or that a good chess player would be a good strategist in real life). — Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Chess Player Quotes By Bobby Fischer

When I used to go to the Manhattan Chess Club back in the fifties, I met a lot of old-timers there who knew Capablanca, because he used to come around to the Manhattan club in the forties - before he died in the early forties. They spoke about Capablanca with awe. I have never seen people speak about any chess player like that, before or since. — Bobby Fischer

Chess Player Quotes By Mikhail Tal

...That is my biography from the first day of my chess life to the present.

JOURNALIST. And your plans.
PLAYER. To play! — Mikhail Tal

Chess Player Quotes By John Adams

You may have the bishop pair but I have the ultimate advantage; I am the better player! — John Adams

Chess Player Quotes By G.H. Hardy

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

Chess Player Quotes By Edmar Mednis

Unless a player has an 'understanding chess' rating of at least 2400, the amount of significant knowledge that he can impart on others is limited. — Edmar Mednis

Chess Player Quotes By Rainn Wilson

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

Chess Player Quotes By David Bronstein

To play a match for the World Championship is the cherished dream of every chess player. — David Bronstein

Chess Player Quotes By Lev Polugaevsky

Analysis, if it is really carried out with a complete concentration of his powers, forms and completes a chess player. — Lev Polugaevsky

Chess Player Quotes By Viswanathan Anand

I was very lucky that while I was a chess player in a country where chess was not a big deal, I happened to be in the one city where there was a sprouting chess team: Chennai. — Viswanathan Anand

Chess Player Quotes By Lodewijk Prins

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

Chess Player Quotes By Frank Brady

Bobby Fischer's current state of mind is indeed a tragedy. One of the worlds greatest Chess players - the pride and sorrow of American Chess — Frank Brady

Chess Player Quotes By Siegbert Tarrasch

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

Chess Player Quotes By Mikhail Botvinnik

Don't worry kids, you'll find work. After all, my machine will need strong chess player-programmers. You will be the first. — Mikhail Botvinnik

Chess Player Quotes By Lev Polugaevsky

Analysis is a glittering opportunity for training: it is just here that capacity for work, perseverence and stamina are cultivated, and these qualities are, in truth, as necessary to a chess player as a marathon runner. — Lev Polugaevsky

Chess Player Quotes By Jose Raul Capablanca

A good player is always lucky. — Jose Raul Capablanca

Chess Player Quotes By Savielly Tartakower

All Chess players should have a hobby — Savielly Tartakower

Chess Player Quotes By Alexander Kotov

In order to become a grandmaster class player whose understanding of chess is superior to the thousands of ordinary players, you have to develop within yourself a large number of qualities, the qualities of an artistic creator, a calculating practitioner, a cold calm competitor. — Alexander Kotov

Chess Player Quotes By Edgar Allan Poe

There is then no analogy whatever between the operations of the Chess-Player, and those of the calculating machine of Mr. Babbage , and if we choose to call the former a pure machine we must be prepared to admit that it is, beyond all comparison, the most wonderful of the inventions of mankind. — Edgar Allan Poe

Chess Player Quotes By Leonid Shamkovich

A great chess player always has a very good memory. — Leonid Shamkovich

Chess Player Quotes By William Stanley Jevons

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

Chess Player Quotes By Burt Hochberg

With or without the title, Bobby Fischer was unquestionably the greatest player of his time — Burt Hochberg

Chess Player Quotes By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

But a man is a frivolous and incongruous creature, and perhaps, like a chess player, loves the process of the game, not the end of it. — Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Chess Player Quotes By Fred Reinfeld

One interesting indication of Capablanca's greatness is that to non-chess players his name was better known than the names of all other chess masters together! This was due partly to his engaging personality and distinguished appearance: he was one of those exceptional people who at once stand out in a crowd. — Fred Reinfeld

Chess Player Quotes By Yasser Seirawan

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