I’ve been playing chess again after years of being inactive and attacking and capturing pieces has never felt so thrilling. For me, I think that the way I play chess reflects how I live my life.
In today’s blogpost, I would like to share my favorite chess quotes.
“In life, as in chess, forethought wins.” – Charles Buxton
“Chess is the gymnasium of the mind.” – Blaise Pascal
“Play the opening like a book, the middlegame like a magician, and the endgame like a machine.” – Rudolph Spielmann
“I am convinced, the way one plays chess always reflects the player’s personality. If something defines his character, then it will also define his way of playing.” – Vladimir Kramnik
“The game of chess is not merely an idle amusement. Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired or strengthened by it… Life is a kind of Chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.” – Ralph Charell
“As proved by evidence, [chess is] more lasting in its being and presence than all books and achievements; the only game that belongs to all people and all ages; of which none knows the divinity that bestowed it on the world, to slay boredom, to sharpen the senses, to exhilarate the spirit.” – Stefan Zweig
“Chess makes men wiser and clear-sighted.” – Vladimir Putin
“Chess doesn’t drive people mad, it keeps mad people sane.” – Bill Hartston
“In life, as in chess, one’s own pawns block one’s way. A man’s very wealthy, ease, leisure, children, books, which should help him to win, more often checkmate him.” – Charles Buxton
“Chess is life in miniature. Chess is a struggle, chess battles.” – Garry Kasparov
“I used to attack because it was the only thing I knew. Now I attack because I know it works best.” – Garry Kasparov
“After a bad opening, there is hope for the middle game. After a bad middle game, there is hope for the endgame. But once you are in the endgame, the moment of truth has arrived.” – Edmar Mednis
“Tactics is knowing what to do when there is something to do; strategy is knowing what to do when there is nothing to do.” – Savielly Tartakower
“You may learn much more from a game you lose than from a game you win. You will have to lose hundreds of games before becoming a good player.” – José Raúl Capablanca
Which chess quote is your favorite? Do you have other chess quotes not mentioned here? Let me know in the comment section below!