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Chess fact: There are 400 different possible positions after one move each. There are 72,084 different possible positions after two moves each. There are over 9 million different possible positions after three moves each. There are over 318 billion different possible positions after four moves each.

Chess is a war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent’s mind. – Bobby Fischer

I’ve come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists. – Marcel Duchamp

Daring ideas are like chessmen moving forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game. ― Johann Wolfgang

Critical thinking is the most important factor in chess. As it is in life, you need to think before you make decisions. — Hikaru Nakamura

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.

Chess Quotes

A book cannot by itself teach how to play. It can only serve as a guide, and the rest must be learned by experience.

When you see a good move, look for a better one.

I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists. – Marcel Duchamp

Chess doesn’t drive people mad, it keeps mad people sane. – Bill Hartston

’m 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

It was like when you make a move in chess and just as you take your finger off the piece, you see the mistake you’ve made, and there’s this panic because you don’t know yet the scale of disaster you’ve left yourself open to.

Life is a chess match. Every decision that you make has a consequence to it. — P.K. Subban

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

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 opening must be studied in relation to the end game.

Nothing excites jaded Grandmasters more than a theoretical novelty

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

If you are going to make your mark among masters, you have to work far harder and more intensively, or, to put it more exactly, the work is far more complex than that needed to gain the title of Master – Mikhail Botvinnik

All this twaddle, the existence of God, atheism, determinism, liberation, societies, death, etc., are pieces of a chess game called language, and they are amusing only if one does not preoccupy oneself with ‘winning or losing this game of chess.

In life, as in chess, forethought wins. — Charles Buxton

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.

In chess, we get a fighting game that is purely intellectual and excludes chance. Indeed, this is what draws some of us to chess!

The Pin is mightier than the sword

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

Play the opening like a book, the middlegame like a magician, and the endgame like a machine. – Rudolph Spielmann

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’s eminently and emphatically the philosopher’s game.– Paul Morphy

How dreadful…to be caught up in a game and have no idea of the rules.

Chess, it’s the struggle against error. – Johannes Zukertort

In chess, as a purely intellectual game, where randomness is excluded, – for someone to play against himself is absurd …

Some people see life as a game of chess, while others prefer to see it as a game of cricket; but the longer I live, the more I think of it as a game of Consequences. — Craig Brown

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

We cannot resist the fascination of sacrifice, since a passion for

Chess is the struggle against error. – Johannes Zukertort

The game of chess is not just 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 pointed to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with. – Benjamin Franklin

It’s an entire world of just 64 squares. I feel safe in it. I can control it; I can dominate it. And it’s predictable. So, if I get hurt, I only have myself to blame.

The way you have to think in chess is good for everyday thinking, really, especially for brothers in the urban community who never take that second look, never take that second thought. — Rza

In chess, one cannot control everything. Sometimes a game takes an unexpected turn, in which beauty begins to emerge. Both players are always instrumental in this — Vladimir Kramnik

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

[Harry] Pillsbury in his play was a true American. His games … show astonishingly big lines in their undertakings and have a refreshing effect upon the onlooker through the energy in their execution.

All I want to do, ever, is just play Chess

Every chess master was once a beginner. – Irving Chernev

No one will regret the time dedicated to chess, as it will help in any profession – Tigran Petrosyan

Every chess master was once a beginner.– Irving Chernev

[Chess] is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever when they are only wasting their time.

Among a great many other things that chess teaches you is to control the initial excitement you feel when you see something that looks good. It trains you to think

Chess doesn’t drive people mad, it keeps mad people sane.

Life is very much about making the best decisions you can. So I think chess is very valuable. — Hikaru Nakamura

He is the greatest artist amongst chess players.— on Akiba Rubinstein

A win by an unsound combination, however showy, fills me with artistic horror

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

If your opponent offers you a draw, try to work out why he thinks he’s worse off. – Nigel Short

Chess holds its master in its own hand, shackling the mind and brain so that the inner freedom of the very strongest must suffer. – Einstein

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.

I don’t play chess with my life, ya know. — Russell Crowe

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

There never occurs in practice either quite an open or quite a closed position, but we get a position containing open and closed elements.

The chessboard is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the

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 from getting pleasure from chess. I’m sure of that. – Magnus Carlsen

Chess is a fairy tale of 1,001 blunders.– SaviellyTartakower

People, she was discovering, were like cockroaches: If you allowed one in, more were sure to follow.

Skill at helping people grow spiritually, like skill at playing chess, depends on understanding and valuing differences. — John Ortberg

Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don’t find out until too late that he’s been playing with two queens all along. — Terry Pratchett

No one ever won a game by resigning.

After the world war, chess and the revival of chess tournaments have made a bridge for intercourse between erstwhile hostile nations and have thus done their part towards international reconciliation more quickly than science or art could do.

Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation

I started out playing chess as a kid I thought I should be a world champion. As a kid, you have no idea what that means and you only sort of picture it. It is hard to imagine that I waited all those years and it happened at a late stage of my career. – Viswanathan Anand

Move in Silence and only speak when it’s time to say checkmate

The pawns are the soul of chess. – Francois Andre

When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He’ll Win the Whole Thing ‘Fore He Enters the Ring There’s No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might So When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights and If You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where to Land and If You Fall It Won’t Matter, Cuz You’ll Know That You’re Right

My problem with chess was that all my pieces wanted to end the game as soon as possible. — Dave Barry

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.

Give me a difficult positional game; I will play it. But totally won positions, I cannot stand them.

In my opinion, the following are to be regarded as the elements of chess strategy: 1) The center. 2) Play in open files. 3) Play in the 7th and 8th ranks. 4) The passed pawn. 5) The pin. 6) Discovered check. 7) Exchanging. 8) The pawn chain.

I don’t believe in psychology. I believe in good moves

Chess is the gymnasium of the mind. – Blaise Pascal

There is no one that can share your responsibility. It is your responsibility you must carry it on and you must be responsible for your actions. At the end of the day we all are being challenged, sooner or later, by our destiny. And it’s up to us to make all the difference in this life. If not you, who else ― Garry Kasparov

If her life had taught her anything, it was that you never really knew what people had going on beneath the surface. People were shit. The only difference between them and animals was people felt the need to hide it. ― Stacia Kane, Unholy Ghosts

Chess can be described as the movement of pieces eating one another. — Marcel Duchamp

In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.

Never play to win a pawn while your development is yet unfinished.

Modern Chess is too much concerned with things like.

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

On the Chessboard, lies, and hypocrisy does not survive long. The creative combination lays bare the presumption of a lie; the merciless fact, culminating in the checkmate, contradicts the hypocrite. ― Emanuel Lasker

The winner of the game is the player who makes the next to last mistake. –SaviellyTartakower

The hardest game to win is a won game. – Emanuel Lasker

I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved. — Soren Kierkegaard

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