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
Scandalous Chess Game quotations
In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.
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.
Some people think that if their opponent plays a beautiful game, it's OK to lose. I don't. You have to be merciless.
There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones and mine
I don't believe in psychology. I believe in good moves
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
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.
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!'
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.
Chess is war over the board. The object is to crush the opponents mind.
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.
The passed Pawn is a criminal, who should be kept under lock and key.
Mild measures, such as police surveillance, are not sufficient
Chess is everything: art, science, and sport.
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
The hardest game to win is a won game
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!
In order to improve your game you must study the endgame before everything else.
I give 98 percent of my mental energy to Chess Others give only 2 percent
No one ever won a game by resigning.
It is difficult to play against Einstein's theory -on his first loss to Fischer
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.
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.
Chess is a very logical game and it is the man who can reason most logically and profoundly in it that ought to win.
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.
When I was a child I liked the games of Capablanca, and later I was captivated by Alekhine's play.
Even a poor plan is better than no plan at all.
An hour's history of two minds is well told in a game of chess.
Half the variations which are calculated in a tournament game turn out to be completely superfluous. Unfortunately, no one knows in advance which half
Discovered check is the dive bomber of the Chessboard
When Marx got into a difficult position he would get angry and losing a game would cause him to fly into a rage.
You can only get good at Chess if you love the game
Methodical thinking is of more use in Chess than inspiration
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