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ZzycoUnited States flag
* A good sacrifice is one that is not necessarily sound but leaves your opponent dazed and confused. – Rudolf Spielmann
* A thorough understanding of the typical mating continuations makes the most complicated sacrificial combinations leading up to them not only not difficult, but almost a matter of course. – Tarrasch
* All that matters on the Chessboard is good moves. – Bobby Fischer
* Before the endgame, the gods have placed the middlegame. – Tarrasch
* Chess is the art of analysis. – Mikhail Botvinnik
* Chess mastery essentially consists of analysing chess positions accurately. – Mikhail Botvinnik
* Discovered check is the dive-bomber of the chessboard. – Reuben Fine
* Examine moves that smite! A good eye for smites is far more important than a knowledge of strategical principles. – Purdy
* Even a poor plan is better than no plan at all. – Mikhail Chigorin
* First restrain, next blockade, lastly destroy. – Aron Nimzowitsch
* Half the variations which are calculated in a tournament game turn out to be completely superfluous. Unfortunately, no one knows in advance which half – Jan Timman
* He who fears an isolated Queen's Pawn should give up Chess. – Siegbert Tarrasch
* If the student forces himself to examine all moves that smite, however absurd they may look at first glance, he is on the way to becoming a master of tactics. – Purdy
* If your opponent cannot do anything active, then don't rush the position; instead you should let him sit there, suffer, and beg you for a draw. Jeremy Silman
* In positions of strategic manoeuvring seek the worst placed piece. Activating that piece is often the most reliable way of improving your position. – Mark Dvoretsky
* In the perfect chess combination as in a first-rate short story, the whole plot and counter-plot should lead up to a striking finale, the interest not being allayed until the very last moment. – Frederick Yates and William Winter
* It's always better to sacrifice your opponent's men. – Savielly Tartakower
* It is not a move, even the best move, that you must seek, but a realisable plan. – Eugene Znosko-Borovsky
* It is not possible to become a great player without having learned how to analyse deeply and accurately. – Mark Dvoretsky
* Methodical thinking is of more use in chess than inspiration. – Purdy
* Modern chess is too concerned with things like pawn structure. Forget it, checkmate ends the game. – Nigel Short
* Play the opening like a book, the middlegame like a magician and the endgame like a machine – Rudolf Spielmann
* Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation. – Max Euwe
* The choice of moves should not be made on an exact verdict of the final position, but on whether or not your position has improved or worsened. – Jacob Aagaard
* The combination player thinks forward; he starts from the given position, and tries the forceful moves in his mind. – Emanuel Lasker
* The defensive power of a pinned piece is only imaginary. – Aron Nimzovich
* The great master places a Knight at K5 (e5); checkmate follows by itself. – Savielly Tartakower
* The middlegame I repeat is chess itself; chess with all its possibilities, its attacks, defences, sacrifices, etc. – Znosko-Borovsky
* The Pin is mightier than the sword. – Fred Reinfeld
* The tactician knows what to do when there is something to do; whereas the strategian knows what to do when there is nothing to do. – Gerald Abrahams
* The scheme of a game is played on positional lines; the decision of it, as a rule, is effected by combinations. – Reti
* To play for a draw, at any rate with White, is to some degree a crime against chess. – Mikhail Tal
* Training in analysis (like any other form of chess training) should be treated very seriously. – Mark Dvoretsky
* When you see a good move, look for a better one. – Emanuel Lasker
* Whenever we see an unprotected piece we must keep our eyes peeled because this is one of the most important ingredients of a combination. – Jacob Aagaard
* You must take your opponent into a deep dark forest where 2+2=5, and the path leading out is only wide enough for one. Mikhail Tal

tewaldUnited States flag
Great quotes! Thanks! I recognize all the names except Gerald Abrahams. I'll print them out and keep them in my Franklin Planner for frequent review. :-D

razomanPhilippines flag
Great for Twitter. %-)

carverUnited States flag
as I once heard in a movie "they're not really rules but more just guidelines" many a player has looked for a tidbit that will change their game and forget that all the advice in the world will replace studying the position

whyBishNew Zealand flag
Whenever I learn something new in chess my results always get worse before they improve, since I usually overrate the new 'rule' until I learn from experience what its exceptions are and how it rates in importance in relation to the other 'rules'

Raphael1985France flag

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