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Chess Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Chess

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A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.
- Emo Philips

Related topics: Computers

Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program
winning the world chess championship.
Humanity needs a lesson in humility.
- Richard Dawkins

The Chess-board must be placed with a white square
at the right-hand corner.
- Howard Staunton

Chess for me is not a game, but an art.
Yes, and I take upon myself all those responsibilities
which an art imposes on its adherents.
- Alexander Alekhine

 

I'm like Bush, I see the world more like checkers than chess.
- Dennis Miller

Whoever called snooker 'chess with balls' was rude,
but right.
- Clive James

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

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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

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

It's quite difficult for me to imagine my life without chess.
- Garry Kasparov

The ability to get ahead in an organization is simply another talent,
like the ability to play chess, paint pictures,
do coronary bypass operations or pick pockets.
- Robert Shea

We can compare classical chess and rapid chess with theatre and cinema -
some actors don't like the latter and prefer to work in the theatre.
- Boris Spassky

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, like mathematics and music, is a nursery for child prodigies.
- Jamie Murphy

I still love to play chess.
So I do not even spend a minute on the possibility to step back.
- Anatoly Karpov

People are governed with the head; kindness of heart is little use in chess.
- Nicolas Chamfort

Chess is ruthless: you've got to be prepared to kill people.
- Nigel Short

Nowadays there is more dynamism in chess,
modern players like to take the initiative.
Usually they are poor defenders though.
- Boris Spassky

Chess is mental torture.
- Garry Kasparov

What do I do when we're not taping? Sit in a dark room
and refine my plans for someday ruling Earth from a blimp.
And chess.
- Ryan Stiles

Life is not always like chess.
Just because you have the king surrounded,
don't think he is not capable of hurting you.
- Ron Livingston

I think that by and large chess players have been very kind.
Like I said there have been a few incidents,
but they certainly didn't serve to bring me down any.
- Maurice Ashley

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

Women, by their nature, are not exceptional chess players:
they are not great fighters.
- Garry Kasparov

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

I also follow chess on the Internet,
where Kasparov's site is very interesting.
- Boris Spassky

Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence
as you can find outside an advertising agency.
- Raymond Chandler

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

Never having played Chess before, it was most interesting
to be playing the game with no pieces in front of me.
But I still knew how to stroke my hair when I won.
- Peter Mayhew

The Soviet Union was an exception, but even there chess players were not rich.
Only Fischer changed that.
- Boris Spassky

Chess is intellectual gymnastics.
- Wilhelm Steinitz

Chess is an infinitely complex game,
which one can play in infinitely numerous and varied ways.
- Vladimir Kramnik

Chess is the gymnasium of the mind.
- Adolf Anderssen

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

Chess is life.
- Bobby Fischer

Chess is my life, but my life is not chess.
- Anatoly Karpov

Every time I win a tournament I have to think that
there is something wrong with modern chess.
- Viktor Korchnoi

I try to help developing junior chess.
When I lived in USSR, I got a lot of free help from very good coaches -
now I am trying to repay that debt.
- Boris Spassky

It was not until I got my first job,
at the University of Washington in Seattle,
and began playing chess with Don Gordon,
a brilliant young theorist, that I learned economic theory.
- Douglass North

Nowadays the dynamic element is more important in chess -
players more often sacrifice material to obtain dynamic compensation.
- Boris Spassky

Chess is not for timid souls.
- Wilhelm Steinitz

The place of chess in the society is closely related
to the attitude of young people towards our game.
- Boris Spassky

I believe that true beauty of chess is more than enough
to satisfy all possible demands.
- Alexander Alekhine

Chess is not only knowledge and logic.
- Alexander Alekhine

I am thinking about chess in schools in particular.
In the USA more than 3200 children competed in an event.
- Anatoly Karpov

In Kansas I have a chess school.
- Anatoly Karpov

I learned that fighting on the chess board could also
have an impact on the political climate in the country.
- Garry Kasparov

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

I may play some exhibition games so I don't want to
quit the game of chess completely.
I just decided and it's a firm decision not to play
competitive chess anymore.
- Garry Kasparov

My freshman year of high school I joined the chess and math clubs.
- Eric Allin Cornell

Ensemble is hard to do.
It's like 3-D chess.
- Eric Bogosian

The human element, the human flaw and the human nobility -
those are the reasons that chess matches are won or lost.
- Viktor Korchnoi

Whoever sees no other aim in the game than that of
giving checkmate to one's opponent will never become a good Chess player.
- Max Euwe

These young guys are playing checkers.
I'm out there playing chess.
- Kobe Bryant

Leonard Chess passed, and that was the end of the Chess label for that time.
- Solomon Burke

There is nothing that disgusts a man like getting beaten at chess by a woman.
- Charles Dudley Warner

I believe every chess player senses beauty,
when he succeeds in creating situations,
which contradict the expectations and the rules,
and he succeeds in mastering this situation.
- Vladimir Kramnik

For us chess players the language of artist is something natural.
- Vladimir Kramnik

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

I'd like to go away for six months and learn to kiteboard and windsurf.
I love pinochle, I love chess and I love windsurfing.
- Christopher Meloni

For me art and chess are closely related,
both are forms in which the self finds beauty and expression.
- Vladimir Kramnik

I failed to make the chess team because of my height.
- Woody Allen

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

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 Huxley

Between rounds of speed chess I read enough of a programming
manual to teach myself to write programs on the school's
DEC mainframe in the language Basic.
- Eric Allin Cornell

Life's too short for chess.
- Henry James Byron

Life's to short for chess.
- Henry James Byron

Chess first of all teaches you to be objective.
- Alexander Alekhine

No, no, it is obvious that the ECU should act as a
close alliance for the benefit of chess.
- Anatoly Karpov

Bobby Fischer has an enormous knowledge of chess and
his familiarity with the chess literature of the USSR is immense.
- Boris Spassky

I play chess badly and I've been beaten by my 10-year old son.
- John Turturro


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