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"Chess is a terrific way for kids to build self image and self esteem."

- Saudin Robovic

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"A Computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing." - Emo Philips

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"Karpov’s strongest point, and maybe his weakest, is that he doesn’t look for the best move."

- Garry Kasparov

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"Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays Chess, and you don't find out til too late that he's been playing with two queens all along."

Terry Pratchet

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"Can you imagine chess in 50-100 years?"

Richard_1977 biggrin

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There are two Laskers to know about in chess. Edward Lasker supplies us with the next truism.

A single exposure [to chess] is apt to make an addict of anyone with a sense of adventure.

Edward also supplied this next one, which I have often mentioned to others, though I have not verified its veracity.  But when you find a quote like this, you really don’t care whether it’s true or false, you just want to share it.

An intriguing phenomenon which links mathematics, music, and chess is the fact that child prodigies have been known in only these three fields.

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The Chess pieces are the block alphabet which shapes thoughts; and these thoughts, although making a visual design on the chessboard, express their beauty abstractly, like a poem. - Marcel Duchamp

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The computer age has arrived, and it influences everything: analysis, preparation, information. Now a different talent is required - the ability to synthesize ideas. - Boris Spassky

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Nature supplies the game of chess with its implements; science with its system; art with its aesthetic arrangement of its problems; and God endows it with its blessed power of making people happy. - Weiss

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“When you see a good move, look for a better one”
(Emanuel Lasker)

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The best chess masters of every epoch have been closely linked with the values of the society in which they lived and worked. All the changes of a cultural, political, and psychological background are reflected in the style and ideas of their play. - Garry Kasparov

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My problem with Chess was that all of my pieces wanted to end the game as soon as possible. - Dave Barry

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Some people think that if their opponent plays a beautiful game, it’s OK to lose. I don’t. You have to be merciless.
- Magnus Carlsen

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"Oh! this opponent, this collaborator against his will, whose notion of Beauty always differs from yours and whose means (strength, imagination, technique) are often too limited to help you effectively! What torment, to have your thinking and your fantasy tied down by another person!" - Alexander Alekhine

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"There are some things we do much better than computers, but since most of chess is tactically based they do many things better than humans. And this imbalance remains. I no longer have any issues. It’s bit like asking an astronomer, does he mind that a telescope does all the work. He is used to it. It is just an incredible tool that you can use."

 - Viswanathan Anand

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It was an impressive achievement, of course, and a human achievement by the members of the IBM team, but Deep Blue was only intelligent the way your programmable alarm clock is intelligent. Not that losing to a $10 million alarm clock made me feel any better.
- Garry Kasparov

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Voltaire said once that he was ruined twice, once when he lost a lawsuit, and once when he won one. In the same way, a beginner at chess must get somewhat discouraged, for he loses if he accepts a sacrificed piece, but he also loses if he declines it. - Tony Santasiere

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Chess is a contributor to net human unhappiness, since the pleasure of victory is greatly exceeded by the pain of defeat. - Bill Hartston

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The good thing in chess is that very often the best moves are the most beautiful ones. The beauty of logic. - Boris Gelfand

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GM Naiditsch reckoned that me playing the King's Indian against Anand was something akin to a samurai running at a machine gun with a sword. - Hikaru Nakamura

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I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess, when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved.
- Soren Kierkegaard

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I remember once I was in Switzerland and my wife told me,'I put some of your stuff in the safe – the code is very easy to remember, it’s 2706, so you can take whatever you need.' And I told her, 'Well, 2706 is not really a good Elo rating. Normally it’s rounded off to the nearest 5 or 10'. So I told her I couldn’t see how I could remember that. She looked a bit shocked and then she explained to me that the 27th June is our anniversary. - Viswanathan Anand

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Losing can persuade you to change what doesn't need to be changed, and winning can convince you everything is fine even if you are on the brink of disaster. - Garry Kasparov

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To play for a draw, at any rate with white, is to some degree a crime against chess.

- Mikhail Tal (The Tactician)

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A strong player requires only a few minutes of thought to get to the heart of the conflict. You see a solution immediately, and half an hour later merely convince yourself that your intuition has not deceived you.

- David Bronstein

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