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Chess is my life, but my life is not chess. ...
by Anatoly Karpov

Chess is my life, but my life is not chess.
- Anatoly Karpov

No, no, it is obvious that the ECU should act as a
close alliance for the benefit of chess.
- Anatoly Karpov

I like to do projects in which you can see statistical results.
I am very happy for all these small children,
who have been the biggest group of victims of iodine deficiency.
- Anatoly Karpov

I still love to play chess.
So I do not even spend a minute on the possibility to step back.
- Anatoly Karpov

 

Bulgaria is the first state that has been awarded for
its excellent fight against iodine deficiency by UNICEF.
- Anatoly Karpov

No, I do not want to sacrifice four days for two games.
My time is too valuable to do that.
- Anatoly Karpov

We need strong personalities and only one world champion to attract sponsors.
- Anatoly Karpov

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I am thinking about chess in schools in particular.
In the USA more than 3200 children competed in an event.
- Anatoly Karpov

In Kansas I have a chess school.
- Anatoly Karpov

Style? I have no style.
- Anatoly Karpov

First of all, we have to go back to the classical time control.
- Anatoly Karpov

To be champion requires more than simply being a strong player;
one has to be a strong human being as well.
- Anatoly Karpov

This whole fuss did not only damage Fischer's image,
but that of the USA as well.
The way the Americans treated one of their most popular
citizens did not make a positive impression worldwide.
- Anatoly Karpov

Children can take lessons in that school via the Internet
and can score extra points like e.g.
in Geography or History.
That sounds very promising and is a fantastic basis for future steps.
- Anatoly Karpov

If the opponent offers keen play I don't object;
but in such cases I get less satisfaction,
even if I win, than from a game conducted according
to all the rules of strategy with its ruthless logic.
- Anatoly Karpov

After that, Kasparov stepped back from chess which is,
and I want this to be clear, not good for chess in general at all.
As a whole, the current situation in the chess world
leaves a lot to be desired.
- Anatoly Karpov

The priority must be the unification of the world titles
to straighten things out.
But we should not wait that long anymore to change the situation,
because we are running out of time.
- Anatoly Karpov

Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program
winning the world chess championship.
Humanity needs a lesson in humility.
- Richard Dawkins

I failed to make the chess team because of my height.
- Woody Allen

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

I learned that fighting on the chess board could also
have an impact on the political climate in the country.
- Garry Kasparov

Litigation is the pursuit of practical ends,
not a game of chess.
- Felix Frankfurter

I believe every chess player senses beauty,
when he succeeds in creating situations,
which contradict the expectations and the rules,
and he succeeds in mastering this situation.
- Vladimir Kramnik

Chess is intellectual gymnastics.
- Wilhelm Steinitz

The Chess-board must be placed with a white square
at the right-hand corner.
- Howard Staunton

I may play some exhibition games so I don't want to
quit the game of chess completely.
I just decided and it's a firm decision not to play
competitive chess anymore.
- Garry Kasparov

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

Nowadays there is more dynamism in chess,
modern players like to take the initiative.
Usually they are poor defenders though.
- Boris Spassky

Whoever sees no other aim in the game than that of
giving checkmate to one's opponent will never become a good Chess player.
- Max Euwe

It was not until I got my first job,
at the University of Washington in Seattle,
and began playing chess with Don Gordon,
a brilliant young theorist, that I learned economic theory.
- Douglass North

The chess player who develops the ability to play two
dozen boards at a time will benefit from learning to
compress his or her analysis into less time.
- Marilyn vos Savant

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

Chess is a sport.
The main object in the game of chess remains the achievement of victory.
- Max Euwe

Chess first of all teaches you to be objective.
- Alexander Alekhine

Chess is mental torture.
- Garry Kasparov

Leonard Chess passed, and that was the end of the Chess label for that time.
- Solomon Burke

Chess, like mathematics and music, is a nursery for child prodigies.
- Jamie Murphy

Far be it from me to force anyone into either chess or dressage,
but if you choose to do so yourself,
in my opinion there is only one way:
follow the rules.
- Lars von Trier

Nowadays the dynamic element is more important in chess -
players more often sacrifice material to obtain dynamic compensation.
- Boris Spassky

It's quite difficult for me to imagine my life without chess.
- Garry Kasparov

My problem with chess was that all my pieces wanted
to end the game as soon as possible.
- Dave Barry

In life, as in chess, forethought wins.
- Charles Buxton

I am still a victim of chess.
It has all the beauty of art - and much more.
It cannot be commercialized.
Chess is much purer than art in its social position.
- Marcel Duchamp

Chess is the gymnasium of the mind.
- Adolf Anderssen

The Soviet Union was an exception, but even there chess players were not rich.
Only Fischer changed that.
- Boris Spassky

Ensemble is hard to do.
It's like 3-D chess.
- Eric Bogosian

I believe that true beauty of chess is more than enough
to satisfy all possible demands.
- Alexander Alekhine

Life's too short for chess.
- Henry James Byron

I play chess badly and I've been beaten by my 10-year old son.
- John Turturro

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

I'm like Bush, I see the world more like checkers than chess.
- Dennis Miller

Chess is an infinitely complex game,
which one can play in infinitely numerous and varied ways.
- Vladimir Kramnik

Chess is so inspiring that I do not believe a good
player is capable of having an evil thought during the game.
- Wilhelm Steinitz

I'd like to go away for six months and learn to kiteboard and windsurf.
I love pinochle, I love chess and I love windsurfing.
- Christopher Meloni

What do I do when we're not taping? Sit in a dark room
and refine my plans for someday ruling Earth from a blimp.
And chess.
- Ryan Stiles

For me art and chess are closely related,
both are forms in which the self finds beauty and expression.
- Vladimir Kramnik

Every time I win a tournament I have to think that
there is something wrong with modern chess.
- Viktor Korchnoi

Never having played Chess before, it was most interesting
to be playing the game with no pieces in front of me.
But I still knew how to stroke my hair when I won.
- Peter Mayhew

Bobby Fischer has an enormous knowledge of chess and
his familiarity with the chess literature of the USSR is immense.
- Boris Spassky

I try to help developing junior chess.
When I lived in USSR, I got a lot of free help from very good coaches -
now I am trying to repay that debt.
- Boris Spassky

In chess one cannot control everything.
Sometimes a game takes an unexpected turn,
in which beauty begins to emerge.
Both players are always instrumental in this.
- Vladimir Kramnik

Whoever called snooker 'chess with balls' was rude,
but right.
- Clive James

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

Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess,
and you don't find out til too late that he's been
playing with two queens all along.
- Terry Pratchett

Chess is life.
- Bobby Fischer

I also follow chess on the Internet,
where Kasparov's site is very interesting.
- Boris Spassky

The place of chess in the society is closely related
to the attitude of young people towards our game.
- Boris Spassky

Women, by their nature, are not exceptional chess players:
they are not great fighters.
- Garry Kasparov

I am convinced, the way one plays chess always reflects
the player's personality.
If something defines his character, then it will also
define his way of playing.
- Vladimir Kramnik

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

Between rounds of speed chess I read enough of a programming
manual to teach myself to write programs on the school's
DEC mainframe in the language Basic.
- Eric Allin Cornell


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