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Quotes related to Philosophy


1. "Chess is 99 percent tactics."


- GM Richard Teichmann 


2. “Chess is a war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent’s mind.” 


– Bobby Fischer



3. “Everything is in a state of flux, and this includes the world of Chess”


-Mikhail Botvinnik


4. “Chess opens and enriches your mind”


-Saudin Robovic



5. “It is difficult to play against Einstein’s theory --on his first loss to Fischer”


-Mikhail Tal



6. “You need not play well - just help your opponent to play badly”


-Genrikh Chepukaitis



7. “The sign of a great Master is his ability to win a won game quickly and painlessly”


-Irving Chernev




8. “The laws of Chess do not permit a free choice: you have to move whether you like it or not”


-Emanuel Lasker



9. “The Chess pieces are the block alphabet which shapes thoughts; and these thoughts, although making a visual design on the chessboard, express their beauty abstractly, like a poem”


-Marcel Duchamp



10. “The beauty of a move lies not in its’ appearance but in the thought behind it”


-Aaron Nimzovich



11. “Those who say they understand Chess, understand nothing”


-Robert Hubner



12. “A good player is always lucky”


-Jose Raul Capablanca



13. “The only thing Chess players have in common is Chess”


-Lodewijk Prins


14. “Botvinnik tried to take the mystery out of Chess, always relating it to situations in ordinary life. He used to call Chess a typical inexact problem similar to those which people are always having to solve in everyday life”


-Garry Kasparov


15. "I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists." 


- Marcel Duchamp


16. "Chess is the struggle against the error"


- Johannes Zukertort


17. “Chess is the gymnasium of the mind.” 


– Blaise Pascal


18. “Chess makes men wiser and clear-sighted.”


 – Vladimir Putin


19. "Unlike other games in which lucre is the end and aim, 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



20. “One of these modest little moves may be more embarrassing  to your opponent than the biggest threat”


Siegbert Tarrasch



21. “If a ruler does not understand Chess, how can he rule over a kingdom?”


-King Khusros II



22. “Live, lose, and learn, by observing your opponent how to win”


-Amber Steenbock



23. “Good offense and good defense both begin with good development”


-Bruce A. Moon



24. “It began to feel as though you were playing against Chess itself

--on playing against Robert Fischer”


-Walter Shipman



25. “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


26. “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”


-Marcel Duchamp



27. “Chess is a cold bath for the mind”


-Sir John Simon



28. “Chess, like any creative activity, can exist only through the combined efforts of those who have creative talent, and those who have the ability to organize their creative work”


-Mikhail Botvinnik




29. “My God, Bobby Fischer plays so simply”


-Alexei Suetin



30. “Chess is in its essence a game, in its form an art, and in its execution a science”


-Baron Tassilo



31. “Whoever sees no other aim in the game than that of giving checkmate to one’s opponent will never become a good Chess player”


-Euwe



32. “When you play Bobby, it is not a question if you win or lose. It is a question if you survive”


-Boris Spassky




33. “It was clear to me that the vulnerable point of the American Grandmaster (Bobby Fischer) was in double-edged, hanging, irrational positions, where he often failed to find a win even in a won position”


Efim Geller



34. “We like to think”


-Gary Kasparov



35. “In complicated positions, Bobby Fischer hardly had to be afraid of anybody”


Paul Keres


36. “No price is too great for the scalp of the enemy King”


-Koblentz



37. “You can only get good at Chess if you love the game”



-Bobby Fischer



38. “I love all positions. Give me a difficult positional game, I will play it. But totally won positions, I cannot stand them”


-Hein Donner


 

39. “In Fischer’s hands, a slight theoretical advantage is as good a being a Queen ahead”


Isaac Kashdan



40. “Chess is so inspiring that I do not believe a good player is capable of having an evil thought during the game”


-Wilhelm Steinitz



41. “Robert Fischer is a law unto himself”


-Larry Evans



42. "Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking  independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.”


 – Ralph Charell



43. “When I have White, I win because I am white; When I have Black, I win because I am Bogolyubov”


(Bogolyubov)



44. “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



45. “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”


-Benjamin Franklin



46. “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)




47. “Fischer is an American Chess tragedy on par with Morphy and Pillsbury”


-Mig Greengard



48. “Fischer sacrificed virtually everything most of us weakies (to use his term) value, respect, and cherish, for the sake of an artful, often beautiful board game, for the ambivalent privilege of being its greatest master”


-Paul Kollar


49. “Becoming successful at Chess allows you to discover your own personality. That’s what I want for the kids I teach”


-Saudin Robovic



50 “Fischer Chess play was always razor-sharp, rational and brilliant. One of the best ever”


-Dave Regis


51. “Fischer is the strongest player in the world. In fact, the strongest player who ever lived”


-Larry Evans



52. “By the beauty of his games, the clarity of his play, and the brilliance of his ideas, Fischer made himself an artist of the same stature as Brahms, Rembrandt, and Shakespeare”


-David Levy



53. “There is no remorse like the remorse of Chess”


-H. G. Wells



54. “By this measure (on the gap between Fischer & his contemporaries), I consider him the greatest world champion”


-Garry Kasparov



55. “When you don’t know what to play, wait for an idea to come into your opponent’s mind. You may be sure that idea will be wrong”


-Siegbert Tarrasch




56. “Fischer is completely natural. He plays no roles. He’s like a child. Very, very simple”


-Zita Rajcsanyi



57. “I look one move ahead... the best!”


-Siegbert Tarrasch



58. “I guess a certain amount of temperament is expected of Chess geniuses”


-Ron Gross



59. “Fischer, who may or may not be mad as a hatter,


has every right to be horrified”


(Jeremy Silman)



Chess Quotes related to Life


60. “Chess is life in miniature. Chess is a struggle, chess battles.” 


– Garry Kasparov



61. “In Chess, just as in life, today’s bliss may be tomorrow’s poison”


-Assaic


62. “Chess is life”


-Bobby Fischer


63. “Chess is like life”


-Boris Spassky




64. “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



65. “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


66. “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


67. “Combinations have always been the most intriguing aspect of Chess. The masters look for them, the public applauds them, the critics praise them. It is because combinations are possible that Chess is more than a lifeless mathematical exercise. They are the poetry of the game; they are to Chess what melody is to music. They represent the triumph of mind over matter”


-Reuben Fine



68. “Chess is a terrific way for kids to build self image and self esteem”


-Saudin Robovic


69. “Life is a kind of Chess, with struggle, competition, good and ill events”


-Benjamin Franklin



70. "Chess is everything: art, science and sport”


-Anatoly Karpov



71. “You are for me the Queen on d8 and I am the Pawn on d7!! ”


-GM Eduard Gufeld



72. “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



73. “Bobby just drops the pieces and they fall on the right squares”


-Miguel Najdorf


74. “Examine moves that smite! A good eye for smites is far more important than a knowledge of strategical principles”


-Purdy



75. “The older I grow, the more I value Pawns”


-Keres


76. “Chess is a part of culture and if a culture is declining then Chess too will decline”


-Mikhail Botvinnik




77. “Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy.” 


– Siegbert Tarrasch



78. “Not all artists are Chess players, but all Chess players are artists”


(Marcel Duchamp)



79. “Chess is imagination”


-David Bronstein



80. “By playing at Chess then, we may learn:


    First: Foresight...    Second: Circumspection...    Third: Caution...


And lastly, we learn by Chess the habit of not being discouraged by present bad appearances in the state of our affairs, the habit of hoping for a favorable chance, and that of persevering in the secrets of resources”


-Benjamin Franklin



81. “Chess is thirty to forty percent psychology. You don’t have this when you play a computer. I can’t confuse it”


-Judith Polgar


82. “Chess is the art which expresses the science of logic”


-Mikhail Botvinnik



83. “I prefer to lose a really good game than to win a bad one”


-David Levy




84. “The passion for playing Chess is one of the most unaccountable in the world”


-H.G. Wells



85. “Chess is war over the board. The object is to crush the opponents mind”


-Bobby Fischer




86. “On the chessboard, lies and hypocrisy do not survive long”


-Emanuel Lasker


87. “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


88. “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



89. “Capture of the adverse King is the ultimate  but not the first object of the game”




-William Steinitz



Quotes related to Chess game


90. "When you See A Good Move, Look For A Better One"


-Emanuel Laskar



91. “Help your pieces so they can help you”


-Paul Morphy



92. “Chess is rarely a game of ideal moves. Almost always, a player faces a series of difficult consequences whichever move he makes.” 


– David Shenk


93. “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



94. “In the perfect Chess combination as in a first-rate short story, the whole plot and counter-plot should lead up to a striking finale, the interest not being allayed until the very last moment”


(Yates and Winter)



95. “First-class players lose to second-class players because second-class players sometimes play a first-class game”


-Siegbert Tarrasch


96. “I give 98 percent of my mental energy to Chess” Others give only 2 percent


-Bobby Fischer



97. “Place the contents of the Chess box in a hat, shake them up vigorously, pour them on the board from a height of two feet, and you get the style of Steinitz”


-H. E. Bird



98. “In blitz, the Knight is stronger than the Bishop”


-Vlastimil Hort




99. “Even the laziest King flees wildly in the face of a double check!”


- Aaron Nimzowitsch



100. “Bobby is the finest Chess player this country ever produced. His memory for the moves, his brilliance in dreaming up combinations, and his fierce determination to win are uncanny


-John Collins


101. “One bad move nullifies forty good ones.” 


– Bernhard Horwitz



102. “In a gambit you give up a Pawn for the sake of getting a lost game”


-Samuel Standige Boden



103. “Do you realize Fischer almost never has any bad pieces? He exchanges them, and the bad pieces remain with his opponents”


-Yuri Balashov



104. "Modern Chess is too much concerned with things like Pawn structure. Forget it, Checkmate ends the game”


-Nigel Short 


105. “Chess is a fairy tale of 1001 blunders”


-Savielly Tartakower



106. "Every Pawn is a potential Queen"


-James Mason



107. “Play the opening like a book, the middlegame like a magician, and the endgame like a machine.” 


– Rudolph Spielmann


108. “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



109. “Weak points or holes in the opponent’s position must be occupied by pieces not Pawns”


-Siegbert Tarrasch



110. “I have added these principles to the law: get the Knights into action before both Bishops are developed”


-Emanuel Lasker



111. “There is only one thing Fischer does in Chess without pleasure: to lose!”


Boris Spassky



112. “It is not enough to be a good player... you must also play well”


Siegbert Tarrasch



113. “I don’t believe in psychology. I believe in good moves.” 


– Bobby Fischer




114. “Castle early and often”


Rob Sillars



115. “Up to this point White has been following well-known analysis. But now he makes a fatal error: he begins to use his own head”


-Siegbert Tarrasch



116. “Only the player with the initiative has the right to attack”


-Wilhelm Steinitz



117. “Chess is a fighting game which is purely intellectual and includes chance”


-Richard Reti



118. “A sacrifice is best refuted by accepting it”


-Wilhelm Steinitz



119. “I used to attack because it was the only thing I knew. Now I attack because I know it works best.”


 – Garry Kasparov



120. “Fischer was a master of clarity and a king of artful positioning. His opponents would see where he was going but were powerless to stop him”


(Bruce Pandolfini




121. “Your body has to be in top condition. Your Chess deteriorates as your body does. You can’t separate body from mind”


-Bobby Fischer




122. “In Chess, as it is played by masters, chance is practically eliminated”


-Emanuel Lasker



123. “Later, I began to succeed in decisive games. Perhaps because I realized a very simple truth: not only was I worried, but also my opponent”


-Mikhail Tal


124. “Tactics flow from a superior position”


-Bobby Fischer



125. “Pawn endings are to Chess what putting is to golf”


-Cecil Purdy



126. “You know you’re going to lose. Even when I was ahead I knew I was going to lose  --on playing against Fischer”


-Andrew Soltis



127. “The pin is mightier than the sword.” 


– Fred Reinfeld



128. “I had a toothache during the first game. In the second game I had a headache. In the third game it was an attack of rheumatism. In the fourth game, I wasn’t feeling well. And in the fifth game? Well, must one have to win every game?”


-Siegbert Tarrasch



129. “Chess isn’t a game of speed, it is a game of speech through actions”


-Matthew Selman



130. “We cannot resist the fascination of sacrifice, since a passion for sacrifices is part of a Chessplayer’s nature”


-Rudolf Spielman



131. “Half the variations which are calculated in a tournament game turn out to be completely superfluous. Unfortunately, no one knows in advance which half.” 


– Jan Timman




132. “The King is a fighting piece. Use it!”



-Wilhelm Steinitz



133. “Even a poor plan is better than no plan at all.” 


– Mikhail Chigorin


134. “I have never in my life played the French Defence, which is the dullest of all openings”


-Wilhelm Steinitz




135. “All I want to do, ever, is just play Chess”


-Bobby Fischer




136. “You know, comrade Pachman, I don’t enjoy being a Minister, I would rather play Chess like you”


-Che Guevara



137. “Good positions don’t win games, good moves do”


-Gerald Abrahams



138. “Before the endgame, the Gods have placed the middle game”


(Siegbert Tarrasch)




139. “If I win a tournament, I win it by myself. I do the playing. Nobody helps me”


-Bobby Fischer



140. “Pawns are the soul of the game.” 


– François-André Danican Philidor


141. “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



142. “A good sacrifice is one that is not necessarily sound but leaves your opponent dazed and confused”


-Rudolph Spielmann



143. “Pawns are born free, yet they are everywhere in chains”


-Rick Kennedy



144. “In life, as in chess, forethought wins.” 


– Charles Buxton


145. “During a Chess competition a Chessmaster should be a combination of a beast of prey and a monk”


-Alexander Alekhine



146. “The isolated Pawn casts gloom over the entire chessboard”


-Aaron Nimzovich




147. “The defensive power of a pinned piece is only imaginary”


- Aaron Nimzowitsch



148. “It is not a move, even the best move that you must seek, but a realizable plan”


-Eugene Znosko-Borovsky



149. Don’t even mention losing to me. I can’t stand to think of it


-Bobby Fischer


150. “Chess is like war on a board”


- Bobby Fischer



151. “The Pawns are the soul of the game”


-Francois Andre Danican Philidor


152. “A win by an unsound combination, however showy, fills me with artistic horror”


 -Wilhelm Steinitz



153. “A strong memory, concentration, imagination, and a strong will is required to become a great Chess player”


-Bobby Fischer



154. “In order to improve your game, you must study the endgame before everything else, for whereas the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middle game and the opening must be studied in relation to the endgame”


-Jose Raul Capablanca


155. “The chessboard is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the Universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature and the player on the other side is hidden from us”


-Thomas Huxley



156. “One doesn’t have to play well, it’s enough to play better than your opponent”


-Siegbert Tarrasch



157. “Many have become Chess Masters, no one has become the Master of Chess”


-Siegbert Tarrasch


158. “Chess is above all, a fight!”


(Emanuel Lasker)


159. “You may learn much more from a game you lose than from a game you win. You will have to lose hundreds of games before becoming a good player.” 


– José Raúl Capablanca


160 “If your opponent offers you a draw, try to work out why he thinks he’s worse off.” 



– Nigel Short




161. “Discovered check is the dive bomber of the Chessboard”


-Reuben Fine


162. “Chess is a beautiful mistress”


-Bent Larsen


163. “The most important feature of the Chess position is the activity of the pieces. This is absolutely fundamental in all phases of the game: Opening, Middlegame and especially Endgame. The primary constraint on a piece’s activity is the Pawn structure”


-Michael Stean


164. “You have to have the fighting spirit. You have to force moves and take chances”


-Bobby Fischer




165. “Some sacrifices are sound; the rest are mine”


-Mikhail Tal



166. “My style is somewhere between that of Tal and Petrosian”


-Reshevsky



167. “All that matters on the Chessboard is good moves”


-Bobby Fischer



168. “Best by test: 1. e4”


-Bobby Fischer



169. “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



170. “A Chess game is a dialogue, a conversation between a player and his opponent. Each move by the opponent may contain threats or be a blunder, but a player cannot defend against threats or take advantage of blunders if he does not first ask himself:


What is my opponent planning after each move?”


-Bruce A. Moon



171. “A bad plan is better than none at all”


-Frank Marshall


172. “Let the perfectionist play postal”


-Yasser Seirawan


173. “It’s always better to sacrifice your opponent’s men”


Savielly Tartakover



174. “Chess books should be used as we use glasses: to assist the sight, although some players make use of them as if they thought they conferred sight”


-Jose Raul Capablanca



175. “There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones and mine”


Mikhail Tal



176. “You must take your opponent into a deep dark forest where 2+2=5,


and the path leading out is only wide enough for one”


-Mikhail Tal



177. “Morphy was probably the greatest genius of them all”


-Bobby Fischer




178. “Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation”


-Max Euwe




179. “When your house is on fire, you cant be bothered with the neighbors. Or, as we say in Chess, if your King is under attack you don’t worry about losing a Pawn on the Queen’s side”


-Gary Kasparov




180. “To avoid losing a piece, many a person has lost the game”


-Savielly Tartakover



181. “My opponents make good moves too. Sometimes


I don’t take these things into consideration”


-Bobby Fischer




182. “Excellence at Chess is one mark of a scheming mind”


-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle



183. “When in doubt... play Chess!”


-Tevis


184. “When asked, -How is that you pick better moves than your opponents?, I responded: I’m very glad you asked me that, because, as it happens, there is a very simple answer. I think up my own moves, and I make my opponent think up his”


-Alexander Alekhine



185. “The combination player thinks forward; he starts from the given position, and tries the forceful moves in his mind”


-Emanuel Lasker



186. “The tactician knows what to do when there is something to do; whereas the strategian knows what to do when there is nothing to do”


-Gerald Abrahams


187. “The tactician must know what to do whenever something needs doing; the strategist must know what to do when nothing needs doing”


-Savielly Tartakover


188. “Openings teach you openings. Endgames teach you chess!”


-Stephan Gerzadowicz


189. “Man is a frivolous, a specious creature, and like a Chess player, cares more for the process of attaining his goal than for the goal itself”


(Dostoyevsky)


190. “I like the moment when I break a man’s ego”


-Bobby Fischer


191. “A passed Pawn increases in strength as the number of pieces on the board diminishes”


-Capablanca



192. “When you are lonely, when you feel yourself an alien in the world, play Chess. This will raise your spirits and be your counselor in war”


-Aristotle


193. “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



194. “Chess is the art of analysis”


- Mikhail Botvinnik



195. All Chess players should have a hobby”


- Savielly Tartakower



196. “I am the best player in the world and I am here to prove it”


Bobby Fischer



197. “ Chess demands total concentration”


-Bobby Fischer



198. “ That’s what Chess is all about. One day you give your opponent a lesson, the next day he gives you one”


-Bobby Fischer


199. “Mistrust is the most necessary characteristic of the Chess player”


-Siegbert Tarrasch



200. “There are tough players and nice guys, and I’m a tough player”


-Bobby Fischer



201. “You sit at the board and suddenly your heart leaps. Your hand trembles to pick up the piece and move it.  But what Chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether its really a good idea and whether there are other better ideas”


-Stanley Kubrick



202. “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


203. “Daring ideas are like Chess men moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game”


-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


204. “Chess is a forcing house where the fruits of character can ripen more fully than in life”


-Edward Morgan Foster


205. “Pawns: they are the soul of this game, they alone form the attack and defense”


-Philidor


206. “The mistakes are there, waiting to be made”


(Savielly Tartakower)



207. “In Chess, at least, the brave inherit the earth”


(Edmar Mednis)



208. “Methodical thinking is of more use in Chess than inspiration”


C. J. S. Purdy


209. “Of all my Russian books, the defense contains and diffuses the greatest ’warmth’ which may seem odd seeing how supremely abstract Chess is supposed to be”


-Vladimir Nabokov


210. “Adequate compensation for a sacrifice is having a sound combination leading to a winning position; adequate compensation for a blunder is having your opponent snatch defeat from the jaws of victory”


-Bruce A. Moon


211. “Chess problems demand from the composer the same virtues that characterize all worthwhile art: originality, invention, conciseness, harmony, complexity, and splendid insincerity”


-Vladimir Nabokov



212. “As one by one I mowed them down, my superiority soon became apparent”


-Jose Capablanca


213. “The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made”


-Savielly Tartakover


214. “Tactics is knowing what to do when there is something to do; strategy is knowing what to do when there is nothing to do.” 


– Savielly Tartakower


215. “Some part of a mistake is always correct”


-Savielly Tartakover



216. “Though most people love to look at the games of the great attacking masters, some of the most successful players in history have been the quiet positional players. They slowly grind you down by taking away your space, tying up your pieces, and leaving you with virtually nothing to do!”


-Yasser Seirawan



217. “Any material change in a position must come about by mate, a capture, or a Pawn promotion”


-Purdy



218. “Chess is really ninety nine percent calculation”


-Soltis


219. “Chess is a more highly symbolic game, but the aggressions are therefore even more frankly represented in the play. It probably began as a war game; that is, the representation of a miniature battle between the forces of two kingdoms”


-Karl Meninger



220. “For surely of all the drugs in the world, Chess must be the most permanently pleasurable”


-Assiac



221. “Winning isn’t everything... but losing is nothing”


-Mednis




222. “Chess mastery essentially consists of analyzing” Chess positions accurately


-Mikhail Botvinnik



223. “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



224. “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


225. “Chess is a terrible game. If you have no center, your opponent has a freer position. If you do have a center, then you really have something to worry about!”


-Siegbert Tarrasch



226. “Many Chess players were surprised when after the game, Fischer quietly explained: ’I had already analyzed this possibility’ in a position 

which I thought was not possible to foresee from the opening


-Mikhail Tal




227. “Suddenly it was obvious to me in my analysis I had missed what


Fischer had found with the greatest of ease at the board”


-Mikhail Botvinnik



228 “A thorough understanding of the typical mating continuations makes the most complicated sacrificial combinations leading up to them not only not difficult, but almost a matter of course”


-Siegbert Tarrasch

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