Chess Quotes and Sayings

Many have become chess masters; no one has become the master of chess.
– Siegbert Tarrasch

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

Chess is ruthless: you’ve got to be prepared to kill people.
– Nigel Short

In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.
– Isaac Asimov

Chess is a very logical game and it is the man who can reason most logically and profoundly in it that ought to win.
– Jose Capablanca

The beauty of a move lies not in its appearance but in the thought behind it.
– Aaron Nimzowitsch

Chess is the gymnasium of the mind.
– Blaise Pascal

The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.
– Tartakover

The pawns are the soul of chess.
– Philidor

All that matters on the chessboard is good moves.
– Bobby Fischer


Play the opening like a book, the middle game like a magician, and the endgame like a machine.
– Spielmann

Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe
– Indian proverb

Life is like a chess game. Every decision, just like every move, has consequences. Therefore, decide wisely!

The King is a fighting Piece. Use it!
– Wilhelm Steinitz

A lifetime in not enough to learn everything about chess.
– Alexander Alekhine

Chess is like a language. The top players are very fluent at it. Talent can be developed scientifically, but you have to find first what you are good at.
– Viswanathan Anand

Chess is the art which expresses the science of logic.
– Mikhail Botvinnik

The essence of chess is thinking about what chess is.
– David Bronstein

Chess is not a game but a disease.
– Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman

Life’s too short for chess.
– Henry James Byron

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