Chess and tactics quotes

Statistical analysis

“Chess is the art of analysis,” Botvinnik

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“Chess is 99 percent tactics,” Teichmann

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“Chess is really 99 percent calculation,” Soltis

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“Chess is 198% if you combine the Teichmann and Soltis’ statements above,” The Chessdom team

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Endgame, opening, and middle game tactics

“I have not given any drawn or lost games, because I thought them inadequate to the purpose of the book.” Jose Capablanca

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“A chess game is divided into three stages: the first, when you hope you have the advantage, the second when you believe you have an advantage, and the third… when you know you’re going to lose!” Tartakower

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“The Passed Pawn is a criminal, who should be kept under lock and key. Mild measures, such as police surveillance, are not sufficient,” Nimzovich

The good moves and the bad moves

“Chess is a fairy tale of 1001 blunders,” Savielly Tartakower

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“The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made,” Tartakower

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“When you see a good move wait – look for a better one,” Emanuel Lasker

General tactics

“The essence of chess is thinking about what chess is,” David Bronstein

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“One bad move nullifies forty good ones,” Horowitz

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“The hardest game to win is a won game,” Lasker

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“Actually, the hardest game to win is a lost game,” Dr.Dave

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“Winning isn’t everything… but losing is nothing,” Mendis

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“No game was ever won by resigning,” Unknown author

Chess and life

Religion, society, feminism, relationships, lifestyle

Life

“Chess is life,” Bobby Fischer

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“Chess is like life,” Boris Spassky

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“Life is too short for chess.”, Byron

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“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 (also contributed to Irving Chernev)

Lifestyle

“Chess is everything – art, science, and sport,” Karpov

Sexism

“If I prefer chess or sex? Depends on the position.”, unknown author

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“My wife said I have to quit chess or she is going to be leaving me….. I am gonna miss her.”, unknown author

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“Chess is as much a mystery as a woman,” Purdy

Religion

“With a name like that, he must be Catholic, right?”, Burt Hochberg about John Nunn

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“With a brother named David, he must be Jewish,” Bobby Fisher about John Nunn

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“So is John Nunn Jewish or Catholic?” Chessdom readers

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Society

“Chess is a mental torture,” Kasparov

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“You cannot play at chess if you are kind-hearted,” Unknown author

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“Chess is ruthless: you’ve got to be prepared to kill people,” Nigel Short

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“A good player is always lucky,” Capablanca