In chess the most unbelievable thing for me is that it’s a game for everybody: rich, poor, girl, boy, old, young. It’s a fantastic game which can unite people and generations! It’s a language which you’ll find people "speak" in every country. If you reach a certain level you find a very rich world! Art, sport, logic, psychology, a battlefield, imagination, creativity not only in practical games but don’t forget either how amazing a feeling it is to compose a study, for example (unfortunately that’s not appreciated these days but it’s a fantastic part of chess!).  -  Judit Polgar
 There are certain things which you must beware of and shun like the devil himself: these are drinking, chess, harlots, quarreling, and throwing dice for stakes. (Speculum Regale c 1250)
 Chess is so common in Russia, that during our continuance at Moscow, I scarcely entered into any company where parties were not engaged in that diversion; and I very frequently observed in my passage through the streets, the tradesmen and common people playing it before the doors of their shops or houses. The Russians are esteemed great proficients in Chess.  -  English visitor to Russia in 1772
 Chess is a natural cerebral high. - Walter Browne
 Chess is, in essence, a game for children. Computers have exacerbated the trends towards youth because they now have an immensely powerful tool at their disposal and can absorb vast amounts of information extremely quickly.  -  Nigel Short
 Chess is a game sufficiently rich in meaning that it is easily capable of containing elements of both tragedy and comedy.  -   Luke McShane
 Chess is a meritocracy.  -  Lawrence Day
 Chess-play is a good and witty exercise of the mind for some kind of men, but if it proceed from overmuch study, in such a case it may do more harm than good; it is a game too troublesome for some men's brains.  -  (clergyman and Librarian at Oxford University)  -  Robt. Burton (1621)
 Chess is like a language, the top players are very fluent at it. Talent can be developed scientifically but you have to find first what you are good at. - Viswanathan Anand
 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
 When a chess player looks at the board, he does not see a static mosaic, a 'still life', but a magnetic field of forces, charged with energy - as Faraday saw the stresses surrounding magnets and currents as curves in space; or as Van Gogh saw vortices in the skies of Provence.  -  Arthur Koestler
 I definitely miss the rush from wiping out an opponent.  -  Bruce Pandolfini
 Remember, my darling, the most dangerous thing for the family life is – chess!   -  character from 1925 Russian silent film 'Chess Fever'
 In Chess, as it is played by masters, chance is practically eliminated. -  Emanuel Lasker
 The laws of chess do not permit a free choice: you have to move whether you like it or not.  -  Emanuel Lasker
 I honestly don't like him playing chess. I mean I see him sitting there for ten minutes thinking four moves ahead before he makes one. And he actually does the same thing in the ring – he thinks too much.   -  (on Lennox Lewis, undisputed heavyweight boxing champion of the world) by his coach Emmanuel Steward
 All conceptions in the game of chess have a geometrical basis.  - Eugene Znosko-Borowski
 Excelling at chess has long been considered a symbol of more general intelligence. That is an incorrect assumption in my view, as pleasant as it might be.  -  Garry Kasparov
 Perhaps chess is the wrong game for the times. Poker is now everywhere, as amateurs dream of winning millions and being on television for playing a card game whose complexities can be detailed on a single piece of paper.  -  Garry Kasparov
 Chess continues to advance over time, so the players of the future will inevitably surpass me in the quality of their play, assuming the rules and regulations allow them to play serious chess. But it will likely be a long time before anyone spends 20 consecutive years as number, one as I did.  -  Garry Kasparov
 Those who know the marvels of chess and wonder why this game of all games does not enjoy greater popularity may also ask why Pepsi-Cola is consumed by more people than Chateau Lafite, or the Beatles are more familiar than Beethoven.  -  Gregor Piatigorsky
There must have been a time when men were demi-gods - or they could not have invented chess.  -  Gustav Schenk
 There is no remorse like a remorse of chess. It is a curse upon man. There is no happiness in chess.  -  H.G. Wells
 The passion for playing chess is one of the most unaccountable in the world. It slaps the theory of natural selection in the face. It is the most absorbing of occupations. The least satisfying of desires. A nameless excrescence upon life. It annihilates a man. You have, let us say, a promising politician, a rising artist that you wish to destroy. Dagger or bomb are archaic and unreliable - but teach him, inoculate him with chess.  -  H.G. Wells
 Chess can learn a lot from poker. First, chess media and sponsors should emphasize its glamorous aspects: worldwide traveling, parties and escape from real world responsibilities.  -  Jennifer Shahade
 India and China are improving by leaps and bounds and it will be their chess players who will lead the revolution of the XXI century. -  Judit Polgar
 The only thing Chess players have in common is Chess.  -  Lodewijk Prins
 Chess is a sport. A violent sport.  -  Marcel Duchamp
 Thank you, darling, for learning to play chess. It is an absolute necessity for any well organized family. - (in a letter to his wife)  - Alexander Pushkin
 The majority of people imagine a chess master as being a townsman who passes his life in an atmosphere of smoke and play in cafes and clubs: a neurasthenic individual, whose nerves and brains are continually working at tension: a one-sided person who has given up his whole soul to chess.  -  Richard Reti
 Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make man happy.  - Savielly Tartakower
 I have always had a slight feeling of pity for man who has no knowledge of chess.  -  Siegbert Tarrasch
 Many have become chess masters - no one has become the master of chess.  -  Siegbert Tarrasch
 Real chessplayers think about chess more or less 24 hours a day. It is a passion and a fate that one has to live with - and it lasts a lifetime.  -  Simen Agdestein
 Amberley excelled at chess - a mark, Watson, of a scheming mind.  - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
 There's not the mystery in ten murders that there is in one game of chess.  -  Detective David Linley (character in Lord Dunsany's short story 'Two Bottles of Relish: A Play In One Act')
 Chess makes man wiser and clear-sighted.  -  Vladimir Putin
 Let the perfectionist play postal.  -  Yasser Seirawan
 Chess holds its master in its own bonds, shakling the mind and brain so that the inner freedom of the very strongest must suffer.  -  Albert Einstein
 I have always disliked the fierce competitive spirit embodied in that highly intellectual game.  -  Albert Einstein

Chess is ...

 Chess is a miniature version of life. To be successful, you need to be disciplined, assess resources, consider responsible choices and adjust when circumstances change.  -  Susan Polgar
 I consider chess an art, and accept all those responsibilities which art places upon its devotees.  -  Alexander Alekhine
 Chess is a matter of vanity.  -  Alexander Alekhine
 It has always been recognized that chess is an art, and its best practitioners have been described as artists.  -  Alexander Kotov
 A sport, a struggle for results and a fight for prizes. I think that the discussion about “chess is science or chess is art” is already inappropriate. The purpose of modern chess is to reach a result.  - Alexander Morozevich
 Chess is everything: art, science, and sport.  -  Anatoly Karpov
 Life is a kind of Chess, with struggle, competition, good and ill events.  -  Benjamin Franklin
 Chess is so interesting in itself, as not to need the view of gain to induce engaging in it; and thence it is never played for money  - Benjamin Franklin
 The game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind are to be acquired and strengthened by it, so as to become habits ready on all occasions, for life is a kind of chess.  -  Benjamin Franklin
 Chess is a beautiful mistress.  -  Bent Larsen
 For me, chess is at the same time a game, a sport, a science and an art. And perhaps even more than that,. There is someting hard to explain to those who do not know the game well. One must first learn to play it correctly in order to savor its richness.  -  Bent Larsen
 Chess is my profession. I am my own boss; I am free. I like literature and music, classical especially. I am in fact quite normal; I have a Bohemian profession without being myself a Bohemian. I am neither a conformist nor a great revolutionary.  -  Bent Larsen
 Chess is the gymnasium of the mind.  -  Blaise Pascal
 Chess is life.  -  Bobby Fischer
 Chess is war over the board. The object is to crush the opponents mind.  -  Bobby Fischer
 Chess is a matter of delicate judgement, knowing when to punch and how to duck.  -  Bobby Fischer
 Life is like a game of chess, changing with each move.  -  Chinese proverb
 Chess is imagination.  -  David Bronstein
 The essence of Chess is thinking about what Chess is.  -  David Bronstein
 Chess is infinite, and one has to make only one ill-considered move, and one`s opponent`s wildest dreams will become reality.  -  David Bronstein
 For me, Chess is life and every game is like a new life. Every chess player gets to live many lives in one lifetime.  -  Eduard Gufeld
 Chess is, above all, a fight.  -  Emanuel Lasker
 By some ardent enthusiasts Chess has been elevated into a science or an art. It is neither; but its principal characteristic seems to be - what human nature mostly delights in - a fight.  -  Emanuel Lasker
 A chess game, after all, is a fight in which all possible factors must be made use of, and in which a knowledge of the opponent's good and bad qualities is of the greatest importance.  -  Emanuel Lasker
 Chess is a bond of brotherhood amongst all lovers of the noble game, as perfect as free masonry. It is a leveller of rank - title, wealth, nationality, politics, religion - all are forgotten across the board.  -  Frederick Milne Edge
 Chess may be but a game, a pastime, a relaxation; but Chess has at times absorbed the faculties of the intellectual in every clime; it numbers amongst its amateurs the greatest names of battle-fields and thrones; it tells of warriors, poets, painters, sculptors, statemen and divines; it possesses a literature and language of its own; it makes enemies friends, and finds a temple on the ocean, in the fortress, and by the peaceful fireside.  -  Frederick Milne Edge
 Chess is mental torture.  -  Garry Kasparov
 Botvinnik tried to take the mystery out of Chess, always relating it to situations in ordinary life. He used to call chess a typical inexact problem similar to those which people are always having to solve in everyday life.  -  Garry Kasparov
 Chess is a unique cognitive nexus, a place where art and science come together in the human mind and are refined and improved by experience.  -  Garry Kasparov
 For me, chess is a language, and if it's not my native tongue, it is one I learned via the immersion method at a young age.  -  Garry Kasparov
 Chess is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever when they are only wasting their time. -  George Bernard Shaw
 Chess is a good mistress but a bad master.  -  Gerald Abrahams
 It is a curse upon man. There is no happiness in chess.  -  H.G. Wells
 Chess is beautiful enough to waste your life for.  -  Hans Ree
 Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe.  -  Hindu proverb
 Chess is a great game. No matter how good one is, there is always somebody better. No matter how bad one is, there is always somebody worse.  -  I.A. Horowitz
 Chess is not for the timid.  -  Irving Chernev
 Playing chess is more athletic than artistic. Champions are more concerned with victory than beauty: it’s war with occasionally graceful kicks.  -  Jennifer Shahade
 Chess is not relaxing; it's stressful even if you win.  -  Jennifer Shahade
 Chess is the touchstone of intellect.  -  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
 Chess is a cure for headaches.  -  John Maynard Keynes
 Chess can never reach its height by following in the path of science ... Let us, therefore, make a new effort and with the help of our imagination turn the struggle of technique into a battle of ideas. -  Jose Capablanca
 Chess is something more than a game. It is an intellectual diversion which has certain artistic qualities and many scientific elements. - Jose Capablanca
 One can say that in the last decades chess has become more of a sport than of a science. I see it from an artistic point of view.  -  Judit Polgar
 I am still a victim of Chess. It has all the beauty of art and much more. It cannot be commercialized. Chess is much purer than art in its social position.  -  Marcel Duchamp
 Chess is the art which expresses the science of logic.  -  Mikhail Botvinnik
 For a game it is too serious, for seriousness too much of a game.  - Moses Mendelssohn 1729-86
 Of chess it has often been said that life is not long enough for it - but that is the fault of life, not chess.  -  William Ewart Napier
 Chess is ruthless: you've got to be prepared to kill people.  -  Nigel Short
 In the Soviets' view, chess was not merely an art or a science or even a sport; it was what it had been invented to simulate: war.  - Pal Benko
 Chess is a test of wills.  -  Paul Keres
 Chess is eminently and emphatically the philospher's game.  -  Paul Morphy
 Chess never has been and never can be aught but a recreation. It should not be indulged in to the detriment of other and more serious avocations - should not absorb or engross the thoughts of those who worship at its shrine, but should be kept in the background, and restrained within its proper province. As a mere game, a relaxation from the severe pursuits of life, it is deserving of high commendation.  -  Paul Morphy
 Chess is a fighting game which is purely intellectual and includes chance.  -  Richard Reti
 Chess is a contest between two men which lends itself particularly to the conflicts surrounding aggression.  -  Rueben Fine
 Chess, like love, is infectious at any age.  -  Salo Flohr
 Chess is a fairy tale of 1001 blunders.  -  Savielly Tartakower
 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!  -  Siegbert Tarrasch
 Chess is one long regret.  -  Stephen Leacock
 The chessboard is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of nature, and the player on the other side is hidden from us.  -  Thomas Huxley
 I have frequently stated that I regard chess as an art form, where creativity prevails over other factors.  -  Vasily Smyslov
 My study of chess was accompanied by a strong attraction to music, and it was probably thanks to this that from childhood I became accustomed to thinking of chess as an art, for all the science and sport involved in it.  -  Vasily Smyslov
 Chess is my life.  -  Victor Kortchnoi
 For me, chess is not a profession, it is a way of life, a passion. People may feel that I have conquered the peak and will not have to struggle. Financially, perhaps that is true; but as far as chess goes, I’m still learning a lot!  -  Viswanathan Anand
 Chess is like body-building. If you train every day, you stay in top shape. It is the same with your brain – chess is a matter of daily training.  -  Vladimir Kramnik
 Chess is only a recreation and not an occupation.  -  Vladimir Lenin
 I believe that Chess possesses a magic that is also a help in advanced age. A rheumatic knee is forgotten during a game of chess and other events can seem quite unimportant in comparison with a catastrophe on the chessboard.  -  Vlastmil Hort
 Chess is a game which reflects most honor on human wit.  -  Voltaire
 Ultimately chess is just chess - not the best thing in the world and not the worst thing in the world, but there is nothing quite like it.  - W.C. Fields
 Chess is so inspiring that I do not believe a good player is capable of haviong an evil thought during the game.  -  Wilhelm Steinitz
 Intellectual activity is perhaps the greatest pleasure of life; chess is one of the forms of intellectual activity.  -  Siegbert Tarrasch
 Chess is the art of analysis.  -  Mikhail Botvinnik
 The battle for the ultimate truth will never be won. And that's why chess is so fascinating.  -  Hans Kmoch