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Chess is not only knowledge and logic. ...
by Alexander Alekhine

Chess is not only knowledge and logic.
- Alexander Alekhine

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

I think that for the highest achievements nowadays...
need to have the stable as a rock scientific base.
And also need to own modesty.
- Alexander Alekhine

Chess for me is not a game, but an art.
Yes, and I take upon myself all those responsibilities
which an art imposes on its adherents.
- Alexander Alekhine

 

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

The purpose of human life and the sense of happiness
is to give the maximum what the man is able to give.
- Alexander Alekhine

In my opinion, a master is morally obliged to seize
every sort of opportunity and to try to solve the problems
of the position without fear of some simplifications.
- Alexander Alekhine

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Oh!
this opponent, this collaborator against your will,
whose notion of beauty always differs from yours and
whose means are often too limited for active assistance to your intentions!
- Alexander Alekhine

The fact that a player is very short of time is,
to my mind, as little to be considered an excuse as,
for instance, the statement of the law-breaker that
he was drunk at the time he committed the crime.
- Alexander Alekhine

I have had to work long and hard to eradicate the dangerous delusion that,
in a bad position, I could always, or nearly always,
conjure up some unexpected combination to extricate me from my difficulties.
- Alexander Alekhine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chess is intellectual gymnastics.
- Wilhelm Steinitz

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

The human element, the human flaw and the human nobility -
those are the reasons that chess matches are won or lost.
- Viktor Korchnoi

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

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

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

The chess-board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe,
the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature.
The player on the other side is hidden from us.
- Thomas Huxley

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

There is nothing that disgusts a man like getting beaten at chess by a woman.
- Charles Dudley Warner

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

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

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

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

The ability to get ahead in an organization is simply another talent,
like the ability to play chess, paint pictures,
do coronary bypass operations or pick pockets.
- Robert Shea

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

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

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

I think that by and large chess players have been very kind.
Like I said there have been a few incidents,
but they certainly didn't serve to bring me down any.
- Maurice Ashley

Chess can be described as the movement of pieces eating one another.
- Marcel Duchamp

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

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

Chess is not for timid souls.
- Wilhelm Steinitz

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chess is the gymnasium of the mind.
- Adolf Anderssen

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

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

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

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 Kansas I have a chess school.
- Anatoly Karpov

Chess is mental torture.
- Garry Kasparov

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

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

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

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

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

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

For us chess players the language of artist is something natural.
- Vladimir Kramnik

We can compare classical chess and rapid chess with theatre and cinema -
some actors don't like the latter and prefer to work in the theatre.
- Boris Spassky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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