After a great deal of discussion in Soviet literature about the correct definition of a combination, it was decided that from the point of view of a methodical approach it was best to settle on this definition - A combination is a forced variation with a sacrifice.  -  Alexander Kotov


Once there is the slightest suggestion of combinational possibilities on the board, look for unusual moves. Apart from making your play creative and interesting it will help you to get better results.  - Alexander Kotov


The game gives us a satisfaction that Life denies us. And for the Chess player, the success which crowns his work, the great dispeller of sorrows, is named 'combination'.  -  Emanuel Lasker


The combination player thinks forward; he starts from the given position, and tries the forceful moves in his mind.  -  Emanuel Lasker


By positional play a master tries to prove and exploit true values, whereas by combinations he seeks to refute false values ... A combination produces an unexpected re-assessment of values.  - Emanuel Lasker


Th range of circumstances in which it is possible to presuppose the presence of a combination is very limited. The presence of such circumstances is the reason for the genesis of the idea in the master's brain.  -  Emanuel Lasker


… though combinations are without number, the number of ideas are limited.  -  Eugene Znosko-Borowski


All chess players know what a combination is. Whether one makes it oneself, or is its victim, or reads of it, it stands out from the rest of the game and stirs one's admiration.  -  Eugene Znosko-Borowski


It has been stated that a characteristic mark of a combination is surprise; surprise for the defender, not for the assailant, since otherwise the combination will probably be unsound.  -  Eugene Znosko-Borowski


We should praise, rather, the courage of the player who, relying only on his intuition, plunges into a brilliant combination of which the issue does not appear to him too clear.  -  Eugene Znosko-Borowski


The study of combinations should enrich the analytical spirit of studious amateurs. Thereafter the most gifted among them will be able to catch some sparks of the genius of masters, and in addition some rays of the glory that is the masters.  -  Eugene Znosko-Borowski


In my games I have sometimes found a combination intuitively simply feeling that it must be there. Yet I was not able to translate my thought processes into normal human language.  -  Mikhail Tal


According to such great attacking players as Bronstein and Tal, most combinations are inspired by the player's memories of earlier games.  -  Pal Benko


The scheme of a game is played on positional lines; the decision of it, as a rule, is effected by combinations.  -  Richard Reti


It is a profound mistake to imagine mistake to imagine that the art of combination depends only on natural talent, and that it cannot be learned. Every player knows that all (or almost all) combinations arise from a recollection of familiar elements.  -  Richard Reti


The pleasure to be derived from a chess combination lie in the feeling that a human mind is behind the game, dominating the inanimate pieces ... and giving them breath of life.  -  Richard Reti


Combinations have always been the most intriguing aspect of Chess. The masters look for them, the public applauds them, the critics praise them. It is because combinations are possible that chess is more than a lifeless mathematical exercise. They are the poetry of the game; they are to chess what melody is to music. They represent the triumph of mind over matter.   -   Rueben Fine


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


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


Tal's combinations often exert a sort of paralysing influence on the opponent's play. It would seem that the element of surprise plays a big part in this.  -  Mark Taimanov