Quotes of Chess

“ 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 a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever when they are only wasting their time. ”

- George Bernard Shaw

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

- Garry Kasparov

“ Life's too short for chess. ”

- Henry J. Byron

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

- Nigel Short

“ Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece. ”

- Ralph Charell

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

- Max Euwe

“ The chess pieces are the block alphabet which shapes thoughts; and these thoughts, although making a visual design on the chess-board, express their beauty abstractly, like a poem… I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists. ”

- Marcel Duchamp

“ One cannot play chess if one becomes aware of the pieces as living souls and of the fact that the Whites and the Blacks have more in common with each other than with the players. Suddenly one loses all interest in who will be champion. ”

- Anatol Rapoport

“ Chess is the most elaborate waste of human intelligence outside of an advertising agency. ”

- Raymond Chandler

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

- Dave Barry

“ The mistakes are all waiting to be made. ”

- Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower

“ All women are inferior to men. ”

- Garry Kasparov

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

- Clive James

“ Chess, like mathematics and music, is a nursery for child prodigies. ”

- Jamie Murphy

“ It is a gross overstatement, but in chess, it can be said I play against my opponent over the board and against myself on the clock. ”

- Viktor Korchnoi

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

- Clive James

“ Every time I win a tournament I have to think that there is something wrong with modern chess. ”

- Viktor Korchnoi

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

- Raymond Chandler

“ I don't like bungee jumping, but I do like skiing. ”

- Roger Moore

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

- Felix Frankfurter

“ 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

“ Poor Capablanca! Thou wert a brilliant technician, but no philosopher. Thou wert not capable of believing that in chess, another style could be victorious than the absolutely correct one. ”

- Max Euwe

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

- Richard Dawkins

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

- Sebastien Roch Nicolas De Chamfort

“ People are governed by the head; a kind heart is of little value in chess. ”

- Sebastien Roch Nicolas De Chamfort

“ No one ever won a chess game by betting on each move. Sometimes you have to move backward to get a step forward. ”

- Amar Gopal Bose

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

- Charles Buxton

“ 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

“ It's more easy to win a chess game in five minutes than it is to talk about Russia's problems in 15 minutes. ”

- Garry Kasparov
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