Top 113 Chess Quotes

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“The pitcher setting up the batter. It’s chess, and you play with it.”

― Al Leiter

“I don’t think the computer will win the Booker, but no-one ever expected a computer to beat a chess grandmaster.”

― Alastair Reynolds

“Chess is not only knowledge and logic.”

― Alexander Alekhine

“Chess first of all teaches you to be objective.”

― Alexander Alekhine

“A woman can beat any man; it’s difficult to imagine another kind of sport where a woman can beat a man. That’s why I like chess.”

― Alexandra Kosteniuk

“Chess is changing. I hope chess is getting more popular, more spectacular.”

― Alexandra Kosteniuk

“If people will be interested in me, they will be interested in chess also.”

― Alexandra Kosteniuk

“It’s a shame to be the face of chess and to play chess badly.”

― Alexandra Kosteniuk

“Chess is my life, but my life is not chess.”

― Anatoly Karpov

“I still love to play chess. So I do not even spend a minute on the possibility to step back.”

― Anatoly Karpov

“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

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

― Anatoly Karpov

“My idea is to make moves to bring chess back to the world’s map, to make it part of the world’s geography again.”

― Anatoly Karpov

“If, in our first match for the world champion’s title, I had managed to make the score 6-0, there would have been no Kasparov as a good chess player at all.”

― Anatoly Karpov

“We lived in the provincial town of Ramat Gan where I spent most of my youth adjacent to the chess board.”

― Arnon Goldfinger

“I have to constantly work on my reflexes and hand-eye coordination. I do a lot of puzzles. I play chess.”

― Bernard Hopkins

“There are too many Jews in chess. They seem to have taken away the class of the game. They don’t seem to dress so nicely. That’s what I don’t like.”

― Bobby Fischer

“Chess and me, it’s hard to take them apart. It’s like my alter ego.”

― Bobby Fischer

“I consider myself to be a genius who happens to play chess.”

― Bobby Fischer

“I felt that chess… is a science in the form of a game… I consider myself a scientist. I wanted to be treated like a scientist.”

― Bobby Fischer

“Chess is life.”

― Bobby Fischer

“All I want to do, ever, is play chess.”

― Bobby Fischer

“Nowadays the dynamic element is more important in chess – players more often sacrifice material to obtain dynamic compensation.”

― Boris Spassky

“Bobby Fischer has an enormous knowledge of chess and his familiarity with the chess literature of the USSR is immense.”

― Boris Spassky

“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 also follow chess on the Internet, where Kasparov’s site is very interesting.”

― Boris Spassky

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

― Boris Spassky

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

― Boris Spassky

“In life, as in chess, forethought wins.”

― Charles Buxton

“There is nothing that disgusts a man like getting beaten at chess by a woman.”

― Charles Dudley Warner

“Everything that Marvel does, it’s a chess move. Nothing is by accident.”

― Chris Evans

“I played tournament chess from fifth grade up into high school.”

― Chris Hardwick

“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

“Whoever called snooker ‘chess with balls’ was rude, but right.”

― Clive James

“Chess is a great training ground for poker players because it’s a math-based game, much like backgammon is.”

― Daniel Negreanu

“My problem with chess was that all my pieces wanted to end the game as soon as possible.”

― Dave Barry

“I was a terrible father. The most I ever did for my children was to teach them chess. At least they got that.”

― David Bailey

“I’m like Bush, I see the world more like checkers than chess.”

― Dennis Miller

“Seem to be telling this, but really telling that. Three-dimensional writing, like three-dimensional chess. Nabokov was the other master of that. You could learn something from Nabokov on every page he ever wrote.”

― Donald E. Westlake

“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

“Like everyone, I was a kid who played chess when I was young. And I am admittedly old enough to have been around during the fervor of the match in Reykjavik and the rise of Bobby Fischer, so those two things conspired to pique my interest.”

― Edward Zwick

“The most interesting thing to me in chess are not the gambits. Or the moves. It’s the mental toughness.”

― Edward Zwick

“I stole a piece of the chess set on the first film. I took a piece of the treasure out of Bellatrix’s vault on this film. And I’ve taken my wand and I’ve got my cloak.”

― Emma Watson

“A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.”

― Emo Philips

“My freshman year of high school I joined the chess and math clubs.”

― Eric Allin Cornell

“Ensemble is hard to do. It’s like 3-D chess.”

― Eric Bogosian

“Litigation is the pursuit of practical ends, not a game of chess.”

― Felix Frankfurter

“Chess is mental torture.”

― Garry Kasparov

“Women, by their nature, are not exceptional chess players: they are not great fighters.”

― Garry Kasparov

“In chess, we have styles – like in any other field. There are also fashions in the kinds of systems that people play. So I’m trying to know my opponent as much as possible.”

― Garry Kasparov

“Chess was natural for me; I was extremely successful.”

― Garry Kasparov

“I learned that fighting on the chess board could also have an impact on the political climate in the country.”

― Garry Kasparov

“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 love the chess game that I do on ‘Suits.’ I just love every bit of it and that I get to do it.”

― Gina Torres

“Chess is a game of stimulation.”

― Gza

“Like MCs, each chess player has his own style: how he likes to open, when he likes to attack. Just like we face off with each other lyrically, we challenge each other’s minds on the chessboard. Sharpen each other’s swords.”

― Gza

“The most dangerous area is the centre, which has to be either attacked or defended in football, and it’s the same in chess.”

― Henrikh Mkhitaryan

“Life’s to short for chess.”

― Henry James Byron

“Life’s too short for chess.”

― Henry James Byron

“In my view, the fact that computers caught up to humans and completely dominate humans in chess and some other domains already, that says there’s evidence that, yes, in principle, they can be better programmers than humans.”

― Jaan Tallinn

“I keep track of my blog stats, Facebook subs, my Amazon rank, Twitter followers, Facebook likes per posts, my chess ranking. I get stressed when they all don’t go up.”

― James Altucher

“For me, baseball is more comparable to chess than it is to hockey.”

― Jeff Garlin

“My characters aren’t chess pieces. I don’t move them around some big board. I actually care about these fictitious people.”

― Jeff Nichols

“Jack White is an extraordinary person because he’s like a three-dimensional chess player. He thinks so far ahead.”

― Jimmy Page

“I’m a pretty good chess player.”

― Joel Kinnaman

“I play chess badly and I’ve been beaten by my 10-year old son.”

― John Turturro

“These young guys are playing checkers. I’m out there playing chess.”

― Kobe Bryant

“The playoffs are a chess match, with adjustments every game.”

― Kyle Korver

“If the media didn’t know I played chess, there’d be no angle on me at all.”

― Lennox Lewis

“I spend hours playing chess because I find it so much fun. The day it stops being fun is the day I give up.”

― Magnus Carlsen

“I honestly don’t read that much. Obviously I read chess books – in terms of favorites, Kasparov’s ‘My Great Predecessors’ is pretty good.”

― Magnus Carlsen

“It’s easy for me to get along with chess players. Even though we are all very different, we have chess in common.”

― Magnus Carlsen

“Right now I’m really happy with how things are going with my chess career, so I’m not thinking of doing anything else.”

― Magnus Carlsen

“Chess only appeals to quite a small minority. It does not have the cachet of a mainstream popular sport.”

― Magnus Carlsen

“Maybe if I didn’t have the talent in chess I’d find the talent in something else. The only thing I know is that I have talent in chess, and I’m satisfied with that.”

― Magnus Carlsen

“Football is a bit like chess: it’s not just the piece being moved that matters; it’s also the effect that move has on all the other pieces.”

― Mal Peet

“In chess, there are some extremely beautiful things in the domain of movement, but not in the visual domain. It’s the imagining of the movement or of the gesture that makes the beauty in this case.”

― Marcel Duchamp

“I was highly attracted to chess for forty or forty-five years; then, little by little, my enthusiasm lessened.”

― Marcel Duchamp

“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 can be described as the movement of pieces eating one another.”

― Marcel Duchamp

“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

“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 is a sport. The main object in the game of chess remains the achievement of victory.”

― Max Euwe

“These guys are playing checkers. I’m out here playing chess. When they figure it out, it’s too late.”

― Max Holloway

“I’m used to litigating against incredibly competent, high-quality lawyers that are very good chess players.”

― Michael Avenatti

“Computers have proved to be formidable chess players. In fact, they’ve beaten our top human chess champions.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“People are governed with the head; kindness of heart is little use in chess.”

― Nicolas Chamfort

“Chess is ruthless: you’ve got to be prepared to kill people.”

― Nigel Short

“I was involved in a bunch of school activities – I was a cheerleader, I was on the chess team, I was vice president of my class.”

― Olivia Holt

“Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency.”

― Raymond Chandler

“I play a lot of chess. I probably played 200 games while we were making ‘Andromeda.’”

― Ricky Schroder

“My younger brother ended up the British chess champion 10 times, a record.”

― Roger Penrose

“I don’t play chess with my life, ya’ know.”

― Russell Crowe

“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

“I’ll always take Scrabble and chess if I’m going filming. But I do have the Scrabble dictionary, which can be infuriating for other players.”

― Saffron Burrows

“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

“Many leaders are tempted to lead like a chess master, striving to control every move, when they should be leading like gardeners, creating and maintaining a viable ecosystem in which the organization operates.”

― Stanley A. McChrystal

“You can’t win the chess match if you don’t have enough pieces.”

― Stephon Marbury

“Football and chess can seem like sporting polar opposites, but there are so many similarities with the modern game.”

― Trent Alexander-Arnold

“The human element, the human flaw and the human nobility – those are the reasons that chess matches are won or lost.”

― Viktor Korchnoi

“In Gujarat, we had the world record of largest number of chess games in a single venue – 20,500 – and in Tamil Nadu, I have been emphasizing on the positives of chess to the authorities.”

― Viswanathan Anand

“Chess as a sport requires a lot of mental stamina, and this is what that makes it different from a physical sport. Chess players have a unique ability of taking in a lot of information and remembering relevant bits. So, memory and mental stamina are the key attributes.”

― Viswanathan Anand

“In chess, knowledge is a very transient thing. It changes so fast that even a single mouse-slip sometimes changes the evaluation.”

― Viswanathan Anand

“Before a match, I do not follow any chess news except the games.”

― Viswanathan Anand

“Chess is an infinitely complex game, which one can play in infinitely numerous and varied ways.”

― Vladimir Kramnik

“For us chess players the language of artist is something natural.”

― Vladimir Kramnik

“When I speak of the beauty of a game of chess, then naturally this is subjective. Beauty can be found in a very technical, mathematical game for example. That is the beauty of clarity.”

― Vladimir Kramnik

“Chess is not for timid souls.”

― Wilhelm Steinitz

“Chess is intellectual gymnastics.”

― Wilhelm Steinitz

“I failed to make the chess team because of my height.”

― Woody Allen

“In chess, you should be as cool as a cucumber.”

― Yuliya Snigir
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