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taufiq ♡ 58 ( +1 | -1 )
Quotes Maybe starting a topic where we all can type some chess-quotes from famous players ?

In particular, I'm searcing a quote about some guy who was talking about playing against God.. He would win with white, but draw with black, or something like that ? I thought it was Fischer who said something like that, but I can't find it anywhere..

“Only the player with the initiative has the right to attack”
(Wilhelm Steinitz)

“The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake”
(Savielly Tartakover)
muppyman ♡ 20 ( +1 | -1 )
not Fischer, It was, I believe, one of the older masters, possibly Chigorin or someone like that, and I think he said words like "Not even God could give me the odds of pawn and move, and expect to beat me"
chessnovice ♡ 10 ( +1 | -1 )
... My favorite has always been Steinitz' line:

"The refutation of a gambit frequently lies in its acceptance."
steverand67 ♡ 4 ( +1 | -1 )
One of Fischer's quotes... "I like the moment when I break a man's ego."
ionadowman ♡ 48 ( +1 | -1 )
This is a little more modest... ... but not much:
"When I have the White pieces, I win because I have the White pieces;
when I have the Black pieces, I win because I am Bogolyubov". (E. Bogolyubov).

"A gambit is an opening in which you sacrifice material for the sake of getting a lost game" (S. Tarrasch, I think).

"The mistakes are all there, just waiting to be made!" (S. Tartakower).

"I welcome the opportunity once more of becoming ex-World Champion" Mikhail Tal, upon winning the World Blitz Championship in the early 1980s.
heinzkat ♡ 9 ( +1 | -1 )
taufiq Topalov said:

"If you don't make a mistake, no one can beat you, not even God. It would have to be a draw."

chessnovice ♡ 28 ( +1 | -1 )
muppyman I think Steinitz was the one who offered God the pawn and move handicap. I'm not sure how the story goes, whether Steinitz offered or actually managed to play (through an invisible telephone line) against God. But needless to say, Steinitz wasn't in the best mental shape near the end of his life.
taufiq ♡ 32 ( +1 | -1 )
God No, the quote I'm talking about was something like: "if I would play God with white, I would win; if I had black, it should become a draw"..

(or something like that). I know I've read it in someone's profile here on Gameknot..

Thanks for your willing to help me folks !
Let's keep those quotes coming ! :)
juanvaldezmyhero ♡ 20 ( +1 | -1 )
Bruce Moon Adequate compensation for a sacrifice is having a sound combination leading to a winning position; adequate compensation for a blunder is
having your opponent snatch defeat from the jaws of victory
taufiq ♡ 68 ( +1 | -1 )
Found it ! Hans Ree vraagt Fischer hoe hij tegen God zou spelen. Hij antwoordt:

Met zwart zou ik geen schijn van kans tegen Hem maken, maar met wit speel ik gewoon Spaans. Dat is zo'n uitgebalanceerde opening. Dan maakt Hij me niets. Maar misschien speelt Hij wel Siciliaans. Dan speel ik toch de variant met loper c4. Daarmee moet ik remise kunnen maken.

--> Hans Ree asks Fischer how he would play God. Fischer answers:
"With black, I wouldn't make a chance to Him, but with white I just play the Ruy Lopez (Spanish). That's a balanced opening; then He can't touch me. But maybe He plays Sicilian. Then I would play the Bishop c4-variant. With that, it should be a draw".

sorceress_queen ♡ 54 ( +1 | -1 )
,, This not a chess quote, but as some GM explained how they will do facing God in a chessboard, what about facing a deceased GM? :))


The article is in spanish and the author is GM Franco Ocampo, Zenon

I think that, if googling a bit, someone can post a reference in english, but this one is really very good!

Maybe it should be posted elsewhere?
wschmidt ♡ 24 ( +1 | -1 )
My favorite: Bent Larsen was once asked: “How do you get better at chess?” He responded: “First you learn one thing really well. Then you learn something else really well. Then you go on to something else. Pretty soon you know a lot.”
ionadowman ♡ 37 ( +1 | -1 )
For losers everywhere... ... and we are all losers at one time or another...

"Why must I lose to this idiot??" (attributed to Aron Nimzovitch)

"I'm not valiant neither, but every puny whipster gets my sword" (Bill Shakespeare, "Othello") - suggested (tongue in cheek) by chess author Martin Beheim as one way to put down your victorious opponent. Not that I would recommend such behaviour at all... No, no, not I... ;-)
ccmcacollister ♡ 75 ( +1 | -1 )
Some "Quoted" or 'Para-phrased' ... I really like the Quote from Bent Larsen, wschmidt and had not heard it before.
Another very famous Fischer Quote was to the effect, 'I can give Knight odds to any woman in the world & win'
Incidentally, one of the Polgar sisters, whom he was friends with, asked him if that still held true ...where upon he was said to have admitted that it may no longer be the case :)
From Interview With A Grandmaster; WC/GM Alexander Khalifman who learned Chess @ 6, speaking about his Chess background:
"Well, I guess that I'm no Capablanca, even though my father plays chess better than Capa's father did."
taufiq ♡ 21 ( +1 | -1 )
From Gameknot's people: chessnovice : "A King's Gambit without Nf3 is like a fish without water."

A nice quote ! :)
cairo ♡ 41 ( +1 | -1 )
Bent Larsen also said:

Correspondence chess is not a battle between books, (before the days of databases) but a battle between critical readers!

My King is walking! (Aaron Nimzowitsch)

Pawns is the soul of the game! (Philidor)

A Kingdom for a horse........ ups sorry that is not chess- is it :-))

Best wishes
heinzkat ♡ 25 ( +1 | -1 )
"I cannot fail the friendly Bulgarian GMs who have bestowed their hard-earned expertise upon me."

- Fred McGriff

caro-kann ♡ 10 ( +1 | -1 )
It is always better to sacrifice your opponent's men (Savielly Tartakower)

(On the intro to my Chessmaster II game)
swapov ♡ 3 ( +1 | -1 )
A wildly exciting quote!! "Chess is a draw." - Kasparov
ionadowman ♡ 61 ( +1 | -1 )
The following... ... is one I that I can't place the authorship of. James Mason, maybe?

"Place the chesspieces in their box, shake vigorously, tip the pieces over the board from the height of two feet, and there you have the style of Steinitz."

This same James Mason attended a lecture given by Steinitz at which the speaker gave vent to some controversial remarks on the chess of Paul Morphy. In the transports of oratory, Steinitz derided Morphy's habit of castling early - of tucking his king, in apparently cowardly fashion, safely in a corner.
Quoth Mason: "Sound's like a good idea, to me."

taufiq ♡ 12 ( +1 | -1 )
Also a nice one ! "Victory goes to the player who makes
the next-to-last mistake."

Savielly Grigorievitcyh Tartakower (1887-1956)
sodiumattack ♡ 5 ( +1 | -1 )
Mikhail Tal (1936-1992) Some sacrifices are sound, the rest are mine.
cairo ♡ 20 ( +1 | -1 )
And The threat is mightier than the execution Aaron Nimzowitsch.

Best wishes
marinvukusic ♡ 29 ( +1 | -1 )
Should be a chess quote "Now remember, things look bad and it looks like you're not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. 'Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is."
- The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

Applies to OTB chess :)
spurtus ♡ 3 ( +1 | -1 )
'use it or lose it' - universal quote.

ionadowman ♡ 14 ( +1 | -1 )
Savielly Tartakower... ... was always good for a "bon mot". Here's one that sums up nicely the game of Chess:

"The mistakes are all there, just waiting to be made."

ccmcacollister ♡ 72 ( +1 | -1 )
How about this one ... Was it Michaelangelo or Da Vinci that said something about the statue is already there, I just uncover it? When I put that together with Tartakower, I get:

The mistakes are already there in the board, waiting for me to chip away the extra wood ...
The art is already in the board ... naw
...waiting for me to chip away my defensive resources ...

Well I am getting there
"There is Nothing New in Chess; Tartakower's mistakes are all there waiting to be re-discovered ..."
"um .... by me! Or You! So maybe you better go hypermodern !? Then you can do Fischer mistakes too ... "
Finally, "If you aspire to repeat the mistakes of the Masters', first you must be able to see them" uh ... "or find an opponent who will see them! "....
...or buy Chessmaster program"
I can see this is getting on the track.


Thanks Sputus, you reminded me of one! ... "No Pain, No Gain"
chessnovice ♡ 5 ( +1 | -1 )
ccmcacollister I think it was Michaelangelo, about his statue of David.
ionadowman ♡ 52 ( +1 | -1 )
Yes... ... although it might have been his statue of Moses. If it was David, Michaelangelo, when asked how he achieved his creation is said to have responded: "I just removed the bits that weren't David."
There you go.
So, when you brag about your latest victory: "I just played the moves that didn't lose".
Beats the hell out of saying some nonsense like: "I just played the moves each time that satisfied the needs of the position." More snappy.