Chess Quotes

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


My dad sacrificed many things in life for me. He abandoned a very promising and lucrative career of an army officer just so that he could continue helping me with my chess and accompanying me to tournaments.-Alexandra Kosteniuk


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


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


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


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


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


Nowadays young people have great choice of occupations, hobbies, etc, so chess is experiencing difficulties because of the high competition. Now it's hard to make living in chess, so our profession does attract young people.-Boris Spassky


On the other hand, chess is a mass sport now and for chess organisers shorter time control is obviously more attractive. But I think that this control does not suit World Championship matches.-Boris Spassky


People are governed with the head; kindness of heart is little use in chess.-Nicolas Chamfort


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


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


Sexiness, particularly in movies, is the chess game in the 'Thomas Crown Affair'. It's, it's, I don't know, but Faye Dunaway comes up a lot in that thinking. It's the subtlety of sexiness. The moment you try to be sexy, then it's not.-Daniel Craig


She felt like a chess player who, by the clever handling of his pieces, sees the game taking the course intended. Her eyes were bright and tender with a smile as they glanced up into his; and her lips looked hungry for the kiss which they invited.-Kate Chopin


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


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


The development of beauty in chess never depends on you alone. No matter how much imagination and creativity you invest, you still do not create beauty. Your opponent must react at the same highest level.-Vladimir Kramnik


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


If I'm home with no chore at hand, and a package of books has come, the television set and the chess board and the unanswered mail will have to manage without me if one of the books is a detective story.-Rex Stout


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


In Kansas I have a chess school.-Anatoly Karpov


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


In my country, at that time, being a champion of chess was like being a King. At that time I was a King - and when you are King you feel a lot of responsibility, but there is nobody there to help you.-Boris Spassky


In our town there was a Gestapo officer who loved to play chess. After the occupation began, he found out that my father was the chess master of the region, and so he had him to his house every night.-Bruno Schulz


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


It's less about the physical training, in the end, than it is about the mental preparation: boxing is a chess game. You have to be skilled enough and have trained hard enough to know how many different ways you can counterattack in any situation, at any moment.-Jimmy Smits


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


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


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


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


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


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


Chess is the most elaborate waste of human intelligence outside of an advertising agency.-Raymond Chandler


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


I haven't played a chess match for several decades. At one point I lost most of my chess games. Then I realized many of my competitors were memorizing the best moves and I was unwilling to do this.-John Harsanyi


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


I see myself more as an ambassador of the game. And I hope to bring chess to a higher level in the United States. Making bigger tournaments, more interesting events. Making it a respectable profession for young people to be able to pursue in the future.-Maurice Ashley

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