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Chess aphorisms

If a ruler does not understand chess, how can he rule over a kingdom? (King Khusros II)

I don't believe in psychology. I believe in good moves. (Bobby Fischer)

No chess grandmaster is normal; they only differ in the extent of their madness. (Viktor Kortchnoi)

Chess is ruthless: you've got to be prepared to kill people. (Nigel Short)


A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing. (Emo Phillips)

A man that will take back a move at chess will pick a pocket. (Richard Fenton)

Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe. (Indian proverb)

Chess is eminently and emphatically the philosopher's game. (Paul Morphy)

Chess is a beautiful mistress. (Bent Larsen)

Chess is a good mistress but a bad master. (Gerald Abrahams)

Chess is beautiful enough to waste your life for. (Hans Ree)

Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency. (Raymond Chandler)

From my close contact with artists and chess players I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists. (Marcel Duchamp)

You may knock your opponent down with the chessboard, but that does not prove that you are the better player. (English proverb)

Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make man happy. (Siegbert Tarrasch)

Chess, like gunfire, like love, has the power to keep men quiet. (D.M. Spackmann)
(see Prins, Lodewijk - Multatuli en het spel van koningen p. 32)

I won't play with you anymore. You have insulted my friend. (Miguel Najdorf, at blitz, when an opponent cursed himself for a blunder)

My style is somewhere between that of Tal and Petrosian. (Samuel Reshevsky)

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. (Charles Tomlinson)


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