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
Thrilling Chess Players quotations
At the end of the game the kind and the pawn go back in the same box.
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.
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.
It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy.
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 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.
A good player is always lucky.
Every man needs woman when his life is mess, because like in game of chess; queen protects king.
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.
Could we look into the head of a Chess player, we should see there a whole world of feelings, images, ideas, emotion and passion
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.
A good coach will make his players see what they can become rather than what they are.
A strong memory, concentration, imagination, and a strong will is required to become a great Chess player
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.
It is not possible to become a great player without having learned how to analyse deeply and accurately.
Chess like love, like music, has the power to make man happy.
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.
Enormous self-belief, intuition, the ability to take a risk at a critical moment and go in for a very dangerous play with counter-chances for the opponent - it is precisely these qualities that distinguish great players.
Analysis, if it is really carried out with a complete concentration of his powers, forms and completes a chess player.
Of course, my father was a soccer player. He used to play very good. Then I was young, eight or nine years, ten years old, I just want to be like my father.
The combination player thinks forward;
he starts from the given position, and tries the forceful moves in his mind
Chess books should be used as we use glasses: to assist the sight, although some players make use of them as if they thought they conferred sight
We cannot resist the fascination of sacrifice, since a passion for sacrifices is part of a Chessplayer's nature
Young players calculate everything, a requirement of their relative inexperience.
Boris Vasilievich was the only top-class player of his generation who played gambits regularly and without fear ... Over a period of 30 years he did not lose a single game with the King's Gambit, and among those defeated were numerous strong players of all generations, from Averbakh, Bronstein and Fischer, to Seirawan.
Playing for complications is an extreme measure that a player should adopt only when he cannot find a clear and logical plan.
Ultimately, what separates a Winner from a Loser at the Grandmaster level is the Willingness to do the Unthinkable.
The ability to create and to control the tension of battle is perhaps the principal attainment of the great player.
I have known many chess players, but among them there has been only one genius - Capablanca!
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.
The first great chess players, including the world champion, got by perfectly well without constant coaches.
It is a well known fact that almost all the outstanding chess-players have been first-class analysts.
A player can sometimes afford the luxury of an inaccurate move, or even a definite error, in the opening or middlegame without necessarily obtaining a lost position. In the endgame ... an error can be decisive, and we are rarely presented with a second chance.
You can't overestimate the importance of psychology in chess, and as much as some players try to downplay it, I believe that winning requires a constant and strong psychology not just at the board but in every aspect of your life.
Any experienced player knows how a change in the character of the play influences your psychological mood.
The game gives us a satisfaction that Life denies us.
And for the Chess player, the success which crowns his work, the great dispeller of sorrows, is named 'combination'.
The task of the positional player is systematically to accumulate slight advantages and try to convert temporary advantages into permanent ones, otherwise the player with the better position runs the risk of losing it.
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.
Those who think that it is easy to play chess are mistaken.
During a game a player lives on his nerves, and at the same time he must be perfectly composed.
Imagination does not breed insanity. Exactly what does breed insanity is reason. Poets do not go mad, but chess players do.