Tuesday, January 3, 2017

What I wrote about my favorite chess quotes at Lichess.org

What are your favorite quotes about chess?

This is the best chess quote in my opinion:
"lichess is better, but it's free." -- Thibault Duplessis

Some people might disagree with this quote but I like it so much I put it in my lichess profile. I found it in the book "Bronstein on the King's Indian" by David Bronstein with Ken Neat.
"Winning or losing is not the main idea of chess at all. A chess game is in fact a friendly exchange of intentions, hidden in individual moves. You always have the choice either of putting into action your planned move, or of first calmly preventing the intended move of the friend with whom you are playing chess in this brief, finite moment of your life."

This is good advice:
"It is a well known phenomenon that the same amateur who can conduct the middle game quite creditably, is usually perfectly helpless in the end game. One of the principal requisites of good chess is the ability to treat both the middle and end game equally well."
-- Aron Nimzowitsch

"How can I lose to such an idiot?"
-- Aron Nimzowitsch

"The game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind are to be acquired and strengthened by it, so as to become habits ready on all occasions, for life is a kind of chess."
-- Benjamin Franklin

"There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones and mine."
-- Mikhail Tal

"If Tal sacrifices a piece, take it. If Petrosian sacrifices a piece, don't take it."
-- Mikhail Botvinnik

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

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

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