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Friday, November 11, 2011

Top chess quotes for the weekend

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Hi everyone,

We thought it was time to enjoy the weekend with some popular chess quotes. Enjoy reading, email and text them to friends or even greet your next opponent with a chess quote. Happy Chess Weekend.


"All I want to do, ever, is to play chess."
Bobby Fischer, Harper's Magazine, 1962
"I love all positions. Give me a difficult positional game, I will play it. Give me a bad position, I will defend it. Openings, endgames, complicated positions, dull draws, I love them and I will do my very best. But totally won positions, I cannot stand them."
Hein Donner, Clubblad DD, 1950

"Chess is so inspiring that I do not believe a good player is capable of having an evil thought during the game."
Wilhelm Steinitz, interview with J. Moquette, 1896

"Oh! this opponent, this collaborator against his will, whose notion of Beauty always differs from yours and whose means (strength, imagination, technique) are often too limited to help you effectively! What torment, to have your thinking and your phantasy tied down by another person!"
Alexander Alekhine, foreword to Mes Problèmes et études d'échecs, Fred. Lazard, 1929

"My life has been determined by the move e2-e1N."
Johan Barendregt, interview with Max Pam, 1972

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

"I have not given any drawn or lost games, because I thought them inadequate to the purpose of the book."
Jose Capablanca, My Chess Career, 1920

"Chess problems demand from the composer the same virtues that characterize all worthwile art: originality, invention, conciseness, harmony, complexity, and splendid insincerity."
Vladimir Nabokov, Poems and Problems, 1969

"You know, comrade Pachman, I don't enjoy being a Minister, I would rather play chess like you, or make a revolution in Venezuela."
Che Guevara, quoted in Ludek Pachman, Checkmate in Prague, 1975

"In chess, as it is played by masters, chance is practically eliminated."
Emanuel Lasker, Brettspiele der Völker, 1930

"And his six pawns were scattered like the ships of the Armada that should have conquered England; the Lord blew, and they were all isolated."
Hans Kmoch, Groningen 1946 tournament book

"It is always better to sacrifice your opponent's men."
Savielly Tartakower

"Nowadays, when you're not a grandmaster at 14, you can forget about it."
World Champion Anand Viswanathan

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