Sayings about Chess

A man of high principles is someone who can watch a chess game without passing comment. ~ Chinese Proverb

Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe. ~Indian Proverbs

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

Chess is not only knowledge and logic. ~ Alexander Alekhine

Chess is mental torture. ~ Garry Kasparov

Chess is not for timid souls. ~ Wilhelm Steinitz

Chess first of all teaches you to be objective. ~ Alexander Alekhine

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

Chess is intellectual gymnastics. ~ Wilhelm Steinitz

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

Poets do not go mad, but chess players do. ~ G. K. Chesterton

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

Chess is life. ~ Bobby Fischer

Quotations about Chess

Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 grid. The game is played by millions of people worldwide. From Wikipedia page on chess, read full article.

Chess is a sport. The main object in the game of chess remains the achievement of victory. ~ Max Euwe

Chess can be described as the movement of pieces eating one another. ~ Marcel Duchamp

Chess is an infinitely complex game, which one can play in infinitely numerous and varied ways. ~ Vladimir Kramnik

The laws of chess are as beautiful as those governing the universe – and as deadly. ~ Katherine Neville

Chess is war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent’s mind. ~ Bobby Fischer

One could probably liken the task of improvising a six-part fugue to the playing of sixty simultaneous blindfold games of chess, and winning them all. ~ Douglas Hofstadter

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

Drawing is rather like playing chess: your mind races ahead of the moves that you eventually make. ~ David Hockney

Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece. ~ Ralph Charell

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

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

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 a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever when they are only wasting their time. ~George Bernard Shaw

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

Of chess it has been said that life is not long enough for it, but that is the fault of life, not chess. ~ Irving Chernev

Human affairs are like a chess-game: only those who do not take it seriously can be called good players. ~ Seneca

Chess masters are known for their remarkable memory for the pieces on a chessboard. ~ Steven Pinker

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

Life is like a game of chess. To win you have to make a move. Knowing which move to make comes with IN-SIGHT and knowledge, and by learning the lessons that are acculated along the way. We become each and every piece within the game called life! ~ Allan Rufus

Women, by their nature, are not exceptional chess players: they are not great fighters. ~ Gary Kasparov

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing. ~ Emo Philips

Chess may be the deepest, least exhaustible of pastimes, but it is nothing more. As for a chess genius, he is a human being who focuses vast, little-understood mental gifts and labors on an ultimately trivial human enterprise. ~ Francis George Steine

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

Those who say they understand chess, understand nothing. ~ Robert Hubner

You sit at the board and suddenly your heart leaps. Your hand trembles to pick up the piece and move it. But what chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether it’s really a good idea and whether there are other, better ideas. ~ Stanley Kubrick Chess is not for timid souls. ~ Wilhelm Steinitz

It is impossible to win gracefully at chess. No man has yet said “Mate!” in a voice which failed to sound to his opponent bitter, boastful and malicious. ~ A.A. Milne

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. ~ Marcel Duchamp

Chess helps you to concentrate, improve your logic. It teaches you to play by the rules and take responsibility for your actions, how to problem solve in an uncertain environment. ~ Garry Kasparov

There is nothing that disgusts a man like getting beaten at chess by a woman. ~ Charles Dudley Warner

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


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