by Steinitz

 

The King is a fighting piece - use it!

 

I have never in my life played the French Defense, which is the dullest of all openings.

 

A sacrifice is best refuted by accepting it.

 

Only the player with the initiative has the right to attack.

 

A win by an unsound combination, however showy, fills me with artistic horror.

 

Capture of the adverse King is the ultimate but not the first object of the game.

 

Chess is so inspiring that I do not believe a good player is capable of having an evil thought during the game.

 

In the ending the king is a powerful piece for assisting his own pawns, or stopping the adverse pawns.

 

Chigorin, a genius of practical play, considers his privilege at every convenient opportunity to challenge the principles of contemporary chess theory.

 

I am not a chess historian - I myself am a piece of chess history, which no one can avoid. I will not write about myself, but I am sure that someone will write …

 

Unfortunately, many regard the critic as an enemy, instead of seeing him as a guide to the truth …

 

Chess is not for the faint-hearted; it absorbs a person entirely. To get to the bottom of this game, he has to give himself up into slavery. Chess is difficult, it demands work, serious reflection and zealous research.

 

The king pawn and the queen pawn are the only ones to be moved in the early part of the game.

 

I may be on old lion, but if someone puts his finger in my mouth, I'll bite it off!

 

The task of the positional player is systematically to accumulate slight advantages and try to convert temporary advantages into permanent ones, otherwise the player with the better position runs the risk of losing it.

on Steinitz

 

Steinitz had perhaps only one deficiency: he was ahead of his generation by at least 50 years!   -  Aaron Nimzowitsch

 

Staunton was the most profound opening analyst of all time. He was more theorist than player, but nonetheless he was the strongest player of his day. Playing over his games, I discover that they are completely modern; where Morphy and Steinitz rejected the fianchetto, Staunton embraced it. In addition, he understood all of the positional concepts which modern players hold so dear, and thus - with Steinitz - must be considered the first modern player.  -  Bobby Fischer

 

He understood more about the use of squares than did Morphy, and contributed a great deal more to chess theory.  -  Bobby Fischer

 

True friends of chess must be thankful to you for the interest which you constantly awake with your aversion to schablon-like (stereotyped) play. As known to you I do not share your theory and principlies completely, which, however, does not prevent me from appreciating them.  -  Mikhail Chigorin

 

A player, as the world believed he was, he was not, his studious temperament made that impossible; and thus he was conquered by a player and in the end little valued by the world, he died.  -  Emanuel Lasker

 

He was a pioneer and one of the most profound researchers into the truth of the game, which was hidden from his contemporaries.  -  Jose Capablanca

 

Place the contents of the Chess box in a hat, shake them up vigorously, pour them on the board from a height of two feet, and you get the style of Steinitz.  -  Henry Bird

 

True friends of chess must be thankful to you for the interest which you constantly awake with your innovations and for your aversion to schabalon-like (stereotyped) play. As known to you I do not share your theory and principles completely, which, however, does not prevent me from appreciating them.  -  Mikhail Chigorin