If you are weak in the endgame, you must spend more time analysing studies; in your training games you must aim at transposing to endgames, which will help you to acquire the requisite experience.

— Mikhail Botvinnik

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Chess is the art which expresses the science of logic.


Chess mastery essentially consists of analyzing Chess positions accurately


Chess is the art of analysis.


Every great master will find it useful to have his own theory on the openings, which only he himself knows, a theory which is closely linked with plans for the middle game.


Chess is a part of culture and if a culture is declining then Chess too will decline


Suddenly it was obvious to me in my analysis I had missed what Fischer had found with the greatest of ease at the board


I claim that nothing else is so effective in encouraging the growth of chess strength as such independent analysis, both of the games of the great players and your own.


It is a well known fact that almost all the outstanding chess-players have been first-class analysts.


Above all else, before playing in competitions a player must have regard to his health, for if he is suffering from ill-health he cannot hope for success. In this connection the best of all tonics is 15 to 20 days in the fresh air, in the country.


Don't worry kids, you'll find work. After all, my machine will need strong chess player-programmers. You will be the first.


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


Capablanca's play produced and still produces an irresistable artistic effect.

In his games a tendency towards simplicity predominated, and in this simplicity there was a unique beauty of genuine depth.


About Mikhail Botvinnik

Quotes 36 sayings
Profession Chess Player
Birthday August 17, 1911

It must be clearly understood that Soviet players do not seek simple systems in the opening, but try to formulate opening systems in which everything is complicated, distinctive, or new.


Capablanca's phenomenal move-searching algorithm in those early years, when he possessed a wonderful ability for calculating variations very rapidly, made him invincible.


Chess is no whit inferior to the violin, and we have a large number of professional violinists


The triumph of the analytical movement, which formed in the '30's and '40's, was precisely what earned the Soviet masters the acclaim of chessplayers the world over. Unfortunately, it must also be noted that, for today's chessmasters, the watchword is practicality.


A knight ending is really a pawn ending.


I only think well when my mind is calm.


Yes, I have played a blitz game once. It was on a train, in 1929.


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.


Memorization of variations could be even worse than playing in a tournament without looking in the books at all.


When my opponent's clock is going I discuss general considerations in an internal dialogue with myself. When my own clock is going I analyse conctrete variations.


In short, we can see Karpov as an exploiter of other people’s ideas.

His ability to use these ideas is not at issue, but he himself is about as fertile as a woman who has been sterilized is.


If Tal sacrifices a piece, take it. If Petrosian sacrifices a piece, don't take it.


Along with my retirement from chess analytical work seems to have gone too.


Everything is in a state of flux, and this includes the world of Chess


If Tal would learn to program himself properly, then it would become quite impossible to play against him.


You have to accustom yourself to practical study at home, you have to devote time to studies, to the history of chess, the development of chess theory, of chess culture.


It is peculiar but a fact nevertheless, that the gamblers in chess have enthusiastic followers.


I ... have two vocations: chess and engineering. If I played chess only, I believe that my success would not have been significantly greater. I can play chess well only when I have fully convalesced from chess and when the 'hunger for chess' once more awakens within me.


With opposite coloured bishops the attacking side has in effect an extra piece in the shape of his bishop.


The boy (then a 12 year old boy named Anatoly Karpov)doesn't have a clue about Chess, and there's no future at all for him in this profession


Chess cannot be taught. Chess can only be learned.


There is no better place for learning to work independently and to extend your horizon than in higher school.


Before Geller we did not understand the King's Indian Defence.