182 Chess Quotes to Inspire and Elevate Your Game

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The Most Famous Chess Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Chess is everything: art, science, and sport. — Anatoly Karpov

Many men, many styles; what is chess style but the intangible expression of the will to win. — Aron Nimzowitsch

Chess makes man wiser and clear-sighted. — Vladimir Putin

Like dogs who sniff each other when meeting, chess players have a ritual at first acquaintance: they sit down to play speed chess. — Anatoly Karpov

To improve at chess you should in the first instance study the endgame. — Jose Raul Capablanca

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

Of course, errors are not good for a chess game, but errors are unavoidable and in any case, a game without ant errors, or as they say 'flawless game' is colorless. — Mikhail Tal

Education in Chess has to be an education in independent thinking and judging. Chess must not be memorized. — Emanuel Lasker

A strong memory, concentration, imagination, and a strong will is required to become a great Chess player — Bobby Fischer

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

Short Chess Quotes

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  • Intelligence is what you use when you don't know what to do. — Jean Piaget
  • Whoever called snooker "chess with balls" was rude, but right. — Clive James
  • A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing. — Emo Philips
  • Snooker is just chess with balls. — Clive James
  • In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate. — Isaac Asimov
  • There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones and mine — Mikhail Tal
  • I don't believe in psychology. I believe in good moves — Bobby Fischer
  • These young guys are playing checkers. I'm out there playing chess. — Kobe Bryant
  • To play for a draw (at any rate with White) is to some degree a crime against chess. — Mikhail Tal
  • When you see a good move, look for a better one. — Emanuel Lasker

Top 10 Chess Quotes

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Intelligence is what you use when you don't know what to do. — Jean Piaget

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

Whoever called snooker "chess with balls" was rude, but right. — Clive James

In my games I have sometimes found a combination intuitively simply feeling that it must be there. Yet I was not able to translate my thought processes into normal human language. — Mikhail Tal

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

Snooker is just chess with balls. — Clive James

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In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate. — Isaac Asimov

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. — Jose Raul Capablanca

Some people think that if their opponent plays a beautiful game, it's OK to lose. I don't. You have to be merciless. — Magnus Carlsen

There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones and mine — Mikhail Tal

Chess Image Quotes

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Chess quote by Isaac Asimov

In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate. — Isaac Asimov

Chess quote by Kobe Bryant

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

Chess quote by Emanuel Lasker

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

Chess quote by Paul Morphy

Help your pieces so they can help you — Paul Morphy

Chess quote by Emanuel Lasker

The hardest game to win is a won game — Emanuel Lasker

Chess quote by Eric Allin Cornell

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

Chess quote by Mikhail Tal

Fischer is the greatest genius to descend from the chess heavens. — Mikhail Tal

Chess quote by Jose Raul Capablanca

A good player is always lucky. — Jose Raul Capablanca

Chess quote by Mikhail Tal

Some sacrifices are sound; the rest are mine — Mikhail Tal

Chess quote by Wilhelm Steinitz

Chess is intellectual gymnastics. — Wilhelm Steinitz

Chess quote by David Bronstein

The most powerful weapon in Chess is to have the next move — David Bronstein

Chess quote by Paul Keres

In complicated positions, Bobby Fischer hardly had to be afraid of anybody — Paul Keres

Chess quote At the end of the game the kind and the pawn go back in the same box.
At the end of the game the kind and the pawn go back in the same box.

Inspirational Chess Quotes

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The single most important thing in life is to believe in yourself regardless of what everyone else says. — Hikaru Nakamura

No one ever won a game by resigning. — Savielly Tartakower

A lot of people think being at the top means you have to be the best at a certain game. You don’t. It’s more about personality. — KSI

Chess quote Every man needs woman when his life is mess, because like in game of chess; quee
Every man needs woman when his life is mess, because like in game of chess; queen protects king.

When looking for the biggest game, never ever, shoot at anything small. — Thomas Phelps

I remember being a teenager and watching 40-year-old Michael Jordan compete in his final All-Star game. — Kawhi Leonard

You benefit from deep inner belief of having wins behind you, so you get to the table, and you know you’re not going to miss. — Stephen Hendry

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

By 2012, my game was shot. You’re sitting on your chair watching players’ leagues below you play shots you can’t. That destroyed me. — Stephen Hendry

I’ve been in martial arts for so many years, so to hold the belt of UFC and be on top of the biggest organization, it will be represented in this belt. — Valentina Shevchenko

I try to be a complete player – in attack and in defense – and to improve every year. — Antoine Griezmann

It is the best thing to have great games, and the tiredness matters little. — Antoine Griezmann

Life Is Like Chess Quotes

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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

The whole life with a wife is like an end game with two bishops of different colors. — Viktor Korchnoi

Human affairs are like a chess-game: only those who do not take it seriously can be called good players. Life is like an earthen pot: only when it is shattered, does it manifest its emptiness. — Seneca

Life is like a game of chess. To win you have to make a move. Knowing which move to make comes with IN-SIGHT and knowledge, and by learning the lessons that are acculated along the way. We become each and every piece within the game called life! — Alan Rufus

Life is like a game of chess...there are many moves possible, but each move determines your next move...where you wind up is the sum total of all your past moves...but first you have to make some kind of move. — Mort Walker

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

Life on a lifeboat isn’t much of a life. It is like an end game in chess, a game with few pieces. The elements couldn’t be more simple, nor the stakes higher. — Yann Martel

Chess is life and every game is like a new life. — Eduard Gufeld

I feel like my mum is in heaven sharing a cup of tea with Lady Fate and plotting my life out like a chess game. — Jenny Frost

Marriage is like a chess match is initiated and the board expands over time until it takes up all of a life. — Jonathan Safran Foer

Queen In Chess Quotes

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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 — Garry Kasparov

If once a man delays castling and his king remains in the center, files will open up against him, bishops sweep the board, rooks will dominate the seventh rank, and pawns turn into queens. — Irving Chernev

The king pawn and the queen pawn are the only ones to be moved in the early part of the game. — Wilhelm Steinitz

In Fischer's hands, a slight theoretical advantage is as good a being a Queen ahead — Isaac Kashdan

A male scorpion is stabbed to death after mating. In chess, the powerful queen often does the same to the king without giving him the satisfaction of a lover. — Gregor Piatigorsky

You can only win the game when you understand that it is a game. Let a man play chess, and tell him that every pawn is his friend. Let him think both bishops holy. Let him remember happy days in the shadows of his castles. Let him love his queen. Watch him lose them all. — Mark Lawrence

In a rook and pawn ending, the rook must be used aggressively. It must either attack enemy pawns, or give active support to the advance of one of its own pawns to the queening square. — Siegbert Tarrasch

Chess Game Quotes

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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

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 middlegame and the opening must be studied in relation to the endgame. — Jose Raul Capablanca

When I asked Fischer why he had not played a certain move in our game, he replied: 'Well, you laughed when I wrote it down!' — Mikhail Tal

Chess is war over the board. The object is to crush the opponents mind. — Bobby Fischer

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

Capablanca was among the greatest of chess players, but not because of his endgame. His trick was to keep his openings simple, and then play with such brilliance in the middlegame that the game was decided - even though his ooponent didn't always know it - before they arrived at the ending. — Bobby Fischer

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

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The hardest game to win is a won game — Emanuel Lasker

In order to improve your game you must study the endgame before everything else. — Jose Raul Capablanca

I give 98 percent of my mental energy to Chess Others give only 2 percent — Bobby Fischer

Chess Players Quotes

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Most players ... do not like losing, and consider defeat as something shameful. This is a wrong attitude. Those who wish to perfect themselves must regard their losses as lessons and learn from them what sorts of things to avoid in the future. — Jose Raul Capablanca

The great World Champions Morphy, Steinitz, and Lasker were past masters in the art of Pawn play; they had no superiors in their handling of endgames. The present World Champion has not the strength of the other three as an endgame player, and is therefore inferior to them. — Jose Raul Capablanca

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A good player is always lucky. — Jose Raul Capablanca

The best chess-player in Christendom may be little more than the best player of chess; but proficiency in whist implies capacity for success in all those more important undertakings where mind struggles with mind. — Edgar Allan Poe

I loved being the best player in the world. There was no pressure staying there. — Stephen Hendry

In chess so much depends on opening theory, so the champions before the last century did not know as much as I do and other players do about opening theory. So if you just brought them back from the dead they wouldn't do well. They'd get bad openings. — Bobby Fischer

Chess as a sport requires a lot of mental stamina, and this is what that makes it different from a physical sport. Chess players have a unique ability of taking in a lot of information and remembering relevant bits. So, memory and mental stamina are the key attributes. — Viswanathan Anand

It is not possible to become a great player without having learned how to analyse deeply and accurately. — Mark Dvoretsky

Without an identity, you cannot plan and you cannot convince a player to do what you want. — Mikel Arteta

The choice of opening, whether to aim for quiet or risky play, depends not only on the style of a player, but also on the disposition with which he sits down at the board. — Efim Geller

Game Of Chess Quotes

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When I was preparing for one term's work in the Botvinnik school I had to spend a lot of time on king and pawn endings. So when I came to a tricky position in my own games I knew the winning method. — Garry Kasparov

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. — Marcel Duchamp

When I was a child I liked the games of Capablanca, and later I was captivated by Alekhine's play. — Vladimir Kramnik

An hour's history of two minds is well told in a game of chess. — Jose Raul Capablanca

Discovered check is the dive bomber of the Chessboard — Reuben Fine

It was a beautiful moment at the end to win a game of this stature. — Mikel Arteta

Methodical thinking is of more use in Chess than inspiration — Cecil Purdy

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

Chess is a game sufficiently rich in meaning that it is easily capable of containing elements of both tragedy and comedy. — Luke McShane

I would say, in a year, I spend maybe half of that playing FIFA. I love it that much. — KSI

Chess Pawns Quotes

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Pawns not only create the sketch for the whole painting, they are also the soil, the foundation, of any position — Anatoly Karpov

It cannot be too greatly emphasized that the most important role in pawn endings is played by the king. — Siegbert Tarrasch

A gambit never becomes sheer routine as long as you fear you may lose the king and pawn ending! — Bent Larsen

He who fears an isolated Queen's Pawn should give up Chess. — Siegbert Tarrasch

A passed pawn increase in strength as the number of pieces on the board diminishes. — Jose Raul Capablanca

The rules of the game are what we call the laws of nature. — Thomas Huxley

As Olafsson showed me, White can win... It's hard to believe. I stayed up all night analysing, finally convicing myself, and, incidentally, learning a lot about Rook and Pawn endings in the process. — Bobby Fischer

The isolated Pawn casts gloom over the entire chessboard — Aron Nimzowitsch

The shortcoming of hanging pawns is that they present a convenient target for attack. As the exchange of men proceeds, their potential strength lessens and during the endgame they turn out, as a rule, to be weak. — Boris Spassky

Pawn endings are to Chess what putting is to golf — Cecil Purdy

Chess Pieces Quotes

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Help your pieces so they can help you — Paul Morphy

The king, which during the opening and middlegame stage is often a burden because it has to be defended, becomes in the endgame a very important and aggressive piece, and the beginner should realize this, and utilize his king as much as possible. — Jose Raul Capablanca

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. — Kazuo Ishiguro

To avoid losing a piece, many a person has lost the game — Savielly Tartakower

To refer to the oft mooted question, "Which piece is stronger, the Bishop or the Knight?" it is clear that the value of the Bishop undergoes greater changes than that of the Knight. — 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

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

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

In the ending the king is a powerful piece for assisting his own pawns, or stopping the adverse pawns. — Wilhelm Steinitz

No matter what the name, we're all the same pieces in one big chess game. — Chuck D

Chess Match Quotes

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The cherished dream of every chessplayer is to play a match with the World Champion. But here is the paradox: the closer you come to the realization of this goal, the less you think about it. — Sayings

At the highest level, if you don’t have a solid defensive base, you can’t get by. In one match, yes. But over a whole competition? No. — Didier Deschamps

The more matches I play, the better I feel on the pitch. — Antoine Griezmann

When I started watching matches, it was those of Marseille. After that, it was Lyon. I went to see them all the time in the league or the Champions League with my dad. — Antoine Griezmann

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

We must be happy with the outcome because Rennes played a pretty good match tonight. They stopped us playing our way by defending well. — Didier Deschamps

Within these premises, the only thing one can be is an impeccable mediator. One is not the player in this cosmic match of chess, one is simply a pawn on the chessboard. What decides everything is a conscious impersonal energy that sorcerers call intent or the Spirit. — Carlos Castaneda

In the current FIDE World Championship, on the knock-out system, weaker players have good chances. Those, who in a long match would practically have no chance, here may creep through. — Sayings

Have you ever seen a demonstrable example of equality in your entire life? Can it be glimpsed in any dog show or classroom? In any ping pong game or chess match? Of course not. It is a philosophical abstraction, something nowhere to be found in nature. — Boyd Rice

I'm not afraid of Spassky. The world knows I'm the best. You don't need a match to prove it. — Bobby Fischer

Chessboard Quotes

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Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women and men who leave or who are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more — Pope Francis

On the chessboard, lies and hypocrisy do 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

I started by just sitting by the chessboard exploring things. I didn't even have books at first, and I just played by myself. I learnt a lot from that, and I feel that it is a big reason why I now have a good intuitive understanding of chess. — Magnus Carlsen

I would never want Ukraine to be a piece on the map, on the chessboard of big global players, so that someone could toss us around, use us as cover, as part of some bargain. — Volodymyr Zelenskyy

On the chessboard, lies and hypocrisy do not survive long — Emanuel Lasker

Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity — Pope Francis

Ukraine, a new and important space on the Eurasian chessboard, is a geopolitical pivot because its very existence as an independent country helps to transform Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire. — Zbigniew Brzezinski

An isolated pawn spreads gloom all over the chessboard. — Savielly Tartakower

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

Unchecked pride evolves into swagger, a hypnotizing mask of insecurity that can and does compromise our ability to make progress and attain power. Pride stands in the way of forgiveness and a strategic approach to navigating a chessboard rigged to prevent pawns from becoming kings and queens. — Jason Whitlock

Checkmate Quotes

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In mathematics, if I find a new approach to a problem, another mathematician might claim that he has a better, more elegant solution. In chess, if anybody claims he is better than I, I can checkmate him. — Emanuel Lasker

We all play chess with Fate as partner. He makes a move, we make a move. He tries to checkmate us in three moves, we try to prevent it. We know we can't win, but we're driven to give him a good fight. — Isaac Bashevis Singer

Seize the outpost K5 with your knight, and you can go to sleep. Checkmate will come by itself. — Savielly Tartakower

Woe to he who checkmates his opponents at last, only to discover they have been playing cribbage. — Jedediah Berry

Death is not a checkmate…it is more like a carnival trick. You cannot win, no matter how you move your Queen. — Catherynne M. Valente

In the name of God! You, demon, born in the dark! I seal you here! Checkmate! — Arina Tanemura

Modern Chess is too much concerned with things like Pawn structure. Forget it, Checkmate ends the game — Nigel Short

The friend who knows a lot more than you do will bring difficulties, and grief, and sickness, as medicine, as happiness, as the essence of the moment when you're beaten when you hear Checkmate, and can finally say, I trust you to kill me. — Rumi

In life, as in Chess, ones own Pawns block ones way. A mans very wealth, ease, leisure, children, books, which should help him to win, more often checkmate him — Charles Buxton

The strong are strengthened by reverses; the trouble is that the true meaning of events scores next to nothing in the match we play with men. Appearances decide our gains or losses and the points are trumpery. And a mere semblance of defeat may hopelessly checkmate us. — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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More Chess Quotes

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We are a thick skinned people with emtpy souls. We spend our days playing dice, chess, or sleeping - and we say we are the best people that ever came to mankind? — Nizar Qabbani

People who want to improve should take their defeats as lessons, and endeavor to learn what to avoid in the future. You must also have the courage of your convictions. If you think your move is good, make it. — Jose Raul Capablanca

Fischer is Fischer, but a knight is a knight! — Mikhail Tal

The ability to play chess is the sign of a gentleman. The ability to play chess well is the sign of a wasted life. — Paul Morphy

The turning point in my career came with the realization that Black should play to win instead of just steering for equality. — Bobby Fischer

The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity. — Joshua Waitzkin

Karpov, Kasparov, Korchnoi have absolutely destroyed chess by their immoral, unethical, prearranged games. These guys are really the lowest dogs around, and if people knew the truth about them, they would be held in more contempt than Ben Johnson, the runner, and they're going to know the truth when I do this book! — Bobby Fischer

In Conclusion

Chess quotes also emphasize the timeless nature of the game and its ability to bring people together. They underline the universal appeal of chess, transcending language and cultural barriers. These quotes illustrate the beauty and complexity of the game, showcasing its ability to instill discipline, sharpen the mind, and foster deep concentration. They encourage players to embrace the spirit of fair play, learn from defeats, and celebrate victories with humility. Chess quotes serve as a reminder that beyond the battles on the board, the game is a metaphor for life's struggles and victories, teaching us valuable lessons that extend far beyond the chessboard.

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