30 Chess Quotes For All the Chess Enthusiasts


Believed to have come from the Indian game chaturanga before the 7th century, chess is now everyone’s favorite board game. Played by millions, all you need is a chessboard and a contender, and the battle of wit and strategy can begin.

Chess is also more than just a game as it turns out to be a very worthwhile pastime. It helps improve brain function, memory, cognitive abilities, strategic thinking, and your ability to concentrate. It’s even interesting that whatever lessons you can learn from chess, you can also apply in real life, such as patience, creativity, and resourcefulness.

And for all the chess lovers out there, you can all agree that the best thing about chess is how simply fun it is. It never repeats itself so it’s never boring. These 30 chess quotes accurately capture the soul of the game and why most of us love chess in the first place.

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

I don’t believe in psychology. I believe in good moves. – Bobby Fischer

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

Also Read: 30 Benjamin Franklin Quotes on Learning & Living With A Purpose

One doesn’t have to play well, it’s enough to play better than your opponent. – Siegbert Tarrasch

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

Of chess, it has been said that life is not long enough for it, but that is the fault of life, not chess. – William Napier

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 is beautiful enough to waste your life for. – Hans Ree

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

It will be cheering to know that many people are skillful chess players, though in many instances their brains, in a general way, compare unfavorably with the cognitive faculties of a rabbit. – James Mortimer

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

The only thing chess players have in common is chess. – Lodewijk Prins

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

If your opponent offers you a draw, try to work out why he thinks he’s worse off. – Nigel Short

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

One bad move nullifies forty good ones. – Bernhard Horwitz

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

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

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