Chess Quotes

Chess is a lot like life itself, with rules and exceptions. It is black and white and the entire scale of gray in between. It can be beautiful or cruel and like other sports brings out many emotions in the players. No wonder it appears in so many books, movies and paintings, as a game or as metaphor.

The chess quotations below are some of my favorites, perhaps because they can be understood in a more global way.

Life is like a game of chess, changing with each move.
Chinese proverb

It is always better to sacrifice your opponent's men.
Tartakower

Chess is a fairy tale of 1001 blunders
Tartakower

Every chess master was once a beginner.
Chernev

When you see a good move, wait — look for a better one.
Emanuel Lasker

The pawns are the soul of chess.
Philidor

The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made.
Tartakover

No price is too great for the scalp of the enemy King.
Koblentz

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

Even a poor plan is better than no plan at all.
Chigorin

Openings teach you openings. Endgames teach you chess!
Gerzadowicz

No one ever won a game by resigning.
Unknown

Help your pieces so they can help you.
Paul Morphy

It is not enough to be a good player... you must also play well.
Tarrasch

When the Chess game is over, the Pawn and the King go back to the same box.
Irish saying

Never play for the win, never play for the draw, just play chess!
Khalifman

Every Pawn is a potential Queen.
James Mason

Daring ideas are like chess men moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A good player is always lucky.
Jose Raul Capablanca

We like to think.
Kasparov

A computer beat me in chess, but it was no match when it came to kickboxing.
Comedian Emo Philips

When I asked Fischer why he had not played a certain move in our game, he replied: 'Well, you laughed when I wrote it down!'
Mikhail Tal

Computers are useless, They can only give you answers.
Pablo Picasso

I am still a victim of chess. It has all the beauty of art - and much more.
Marcell Duchamp