by Tarrasch


I have always had a slight feeling of pity for the man who has no knowledge of chess.


Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy.


He who fears the isolated queen's pawn should give up chess.


Before the endgame the gods have placed the middlegame.


It is not enough to be a good player... you must also play well.


Mistrust is the most necessary characteristic of the chess player.


Weak points or holes in the opponent's position must be occupied by pieces, not pawns.


Up to this point White has been following well-known analysis. But now he makes a fatal error: he begins to use his own head.


One doesn't have to play well, it's enough to play better than your opponent.


When you don't know what to play, wait for an idea to come into your opponent's mind. You may be sure that idea will be wrong.


What is the object of playing a gambit opening?... To acquire a reputation of being a dashing player at the cost of losing a game.


In a rook and pawn ending, the rook must be used aggressively. It must either attack enemy pawns, or give active support to the advance of one of its own pawns to the queening square.


As Rousseau could not compose without his cat beside him, so I cannot play chess without my king's bishop. In its absence the game to me is lifeless and void. The vitalizing factor is missing, and I can devise no plan of attack.


If the defender is forced to give up the center, then every possible attack follows almost of itself.


White has no positional equivalent for the centralized pawn.


All lines of play which lead to the imprisonment of the bishop are on principle to be condemned. (on the closed Ruy Lopez)


It cannot be too greatly emphasized that the most important role in pawn endings is played by the king.


… a lively imagination can exercise itself most fully and creatively in conjuring up magnificent combinations.


The future belongs to he who has the bishops.


Chess is a terrible game. If you have no center, your opponent has a freer position. If you do have a center, then you really have something to worry about!


First-class players lose to second-class players because second-class players sometimes play a first-class game.


Many have become chess masters - no one has become the master of chess.


Every move creates a weakness.


Intellectual activity is perhaps the greatest pleasure of life; chess is one of the forms of intellectual activity.