» Art and chess are just different fields, in which the same poetry finds expression.
» Chess truly uncovers whether or not someone has imagination and takes initiative.
Pope John Paul II
» Chess holds deep wisdoms of the people. It is truly an image of life, the reflection of human fate that has shown us the earthly way of suffering in darkness and permanent shortage of time. Like in chess, we encounter all kinds of traps, mistakes, settlements, sacrifices, kings, and queens, doubled pawns, and extraordinary moves while we are on the board ourselves.
» Perfectly correct chess exists only in theory.
» Weaknesses of character are normally shown in a game of chess.
» A game of chess holds many secrets. Fortunately! That is why we cannot clearly state whether chess is science, art, or a sport.
» A grandmaster must memorize thousands of chess duels in his head, as these are for him what words of the mother tongue are to the ordinary people and what notes are to a musician.
» Next to the intellectual stimulation of chess, the educational value is of great importance. Chess teaches logic, imagination, self-discipline, and determination.
» Computers are our only opponents that don’t always have no excuse when losing against me.
» Your body has to be in top condition. Your Chess deteriorates as your body does. You can’t separate body from mind.
» People have been playing against me below their capabilities for fifteen years.
» No Chess Grandmaster is normal; they only differ in the extent of their madness.
» The whole life with a wife is like an end game with two bishops of different colors.
» Education in Chess has to be an education in independent thinking.
Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakover
» Those who play chess believe in humanity.
» The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.
» Sometimes the threat is stronger than the execution.
Jose Raoul Casaplanca
» There was a time in my life when I almost thought I could never lose a single duel of chess.
» I have a quite feeling of pity for all those who don’t know chess; almost like I am sorry for those who never learned to love. Chess, like love and music, has the ability of making people happy.
» You can become a big master in chess only if you see your mistakes and short-comings. Exactly the same as in life itself.
» If your opponent offers you a draw, try to work out why he thinks he’s worse off.
» Chess and boxing have a lot in common, as both sports rely on the right strategy.
written by Sarah, translated by Birthe