22 Intense Chess Quotes That’ll Teach You Some Valuable Life Lessons


Chess can teach you a lot of things. From playing for the advantage and making every move with a purpose, it can inspire you to be more strategic in life.

Chess can help you learn how to spot patterns for success and be a little bit creative so you can conquer bigger and better things. It can encourage you to seize every opening that appears, no matter how big or small it is.

And you know what else?

Chess is a great teacher of flexibility. It’ll make you realize that not everything goes exactly as planned. You need to know how to adjust so that you can continue with your goals.

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

I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists. – Marcel Duchamp

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Unlike other games in which lucre is the end and aim, [chess] recommends itself to the wise by the fact that its mimic battles are fought for no prize but honour. It is eminently and emphatically the philosopher’s game. – Paul Morphy

The beauty of chess is it can be whatever you want it to be. It transcends language, age, race, religion, politics, gender and socioeconomic background. Whatever your circumstances, anyone can enjoy a good fight to the death over the chess board. – Simon Williams

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Chess is the struggle against error. – Johannes Zukertort

Every chess master was once a beginner. – Irving Chernev

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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… For 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

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Chess makes man wiser and clear-sighted. – Vladimir Putin

Chess is the gymnasium of the mind. – Blaise Pascal

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Chess doesn’t drive people mad, it keeps mad people sane. – Bill Hartston

Chess holds its master in its own bonds, shackling the mind and brain so that the inner freedom of the very strongest must suffer. – Albert Einstein

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In life, as in chess, one’s own pawns block one’s way. A man’s very wealth, ease, leisure, children, books, which should help him to win, more often checkmate him. – Charles Buxton

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

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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, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy. – Siegbert Tarrasch

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Play the opening like a book, the middlegame like a magician, and the endgame like a machine. – Rudolph Spielmann

Chess is life in miniature. Chess is struggle, chess is battles. – Garry Kasparov

For in the idea of chess and the development of the chess mind we have a picture of the intellectual struggle of mankind. – Richard Réti

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

There is no remorse like the remorse of chess. – H. G. Wells

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

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