I started by just sitting by the chessboard exploring things. I didn’t even have books at first, and I just played by myself. I learnt a lot from that, and I feel that it is a big reason why I now have a good intuitive understanding of chess.  -  Magnus Carlsen


I am acutely conscious, from vast experience in opens, that guys around, say 2100 or more can definitely play chess and that one often has to work very hard to beat them.  -  Nigel Short


The problem is that nowadays, with so much information flying around, it is almost impossible to remember anything you saw just a week ago, never mind three years ago!  -  Peter Leko


Be a harsh critic of your own wins.  -  Vasilios Kotronias


If the weather is too cold or rainy, I take shelter in the Regence Cafe, where I entertain myself by watching chess being played. Paris is the world center, and this cafe is the Paris centre for the finest skill at this game. - Diderot (1713-1784)


Don't worry about your rating, work on your playing strength and your rating will follow. - Dan Heisman


We learn by chess the habit of not being discouraged by present bad appearances in the state of our affairs, the habit of hoping for a favourable change, and that of persevering in search of resources. - Benjamin Franklin


The psychological effects of having to hold a prospectless position for what might seem an infinite amount of time does nothing to aid the defender's concentration. - Michael Stean


Anyone who wishes to learn how to play chess well must make himself or herself thoroughly conversant with the play in positions where the players have castled on opposite sides.  -  Alexander Kotov


... The main thing that develops positional judgement, that perfects it and makes it many-sided, is detailed analytical work, sensible tournament practice, a self-critical attitude to your games and a rooting out of all the defects in your play.  -  Alexander Kotov


... My achievements in the field of chess are the result of immense hard work in studying theory ...  -  Alexander Kotov


I soon realized that it is not enough for a master simply to analyse variations scrupulously just like an accountant. He must learn to work out which particular moves he should consider and then examine just as many variations as necessary - no more and no less. -  Alexander Kotov


Experience and the constant analysis of the most varied positions builds up a store of knowledge in a player's mind enabling him often at a glance to assess this or that position.  -  Alexander Kotov


Drawing general conclusions about your main weaknesses can provide a great stimulus to further growth.  -  Alexander Kotov


The truth is that my chess development was nothing out of the ordinary, and it proceeded probably at a pace no faster than others. -  Anatoly Karpov


… generalizations are like spectacles for the short-sighted. They help, but they are no substitute for excellent eyesight, or positional judgement.  -  Bernd Cafferty


You can only get good at Chess if you love the game.  -  Bobby Fischer


My sister bought me a set at a candy store and taught me the moves.  -  Bobby Fischer


That's what chess is all about. One day you give your opponent a lesson, the next day he gives you one.  -  Bobby Fischer


Playing without a concurrent critical review of one's skills will simply get you nowhere.  -  Edmar Mednis


The key to ultimate succcess is the determination to progress day by day.  -  Edmar Mednis


The most intelligent inspection of any number of fine paintings will not make the observer a painter, nor will listening to a number of operas make the hearer a musician, but good judges of music and painting may so be formed. Chess differs from these. The intelligent perusal of fine games cannot fail to make the reader a better player and a better judge of the play of others.  -  Emanuel Lasker


It would be idle, and presumptuous, to wish to imitate the achievements of a Morphy or an Alekhine; but their methods and their manner of expressing themselves are within the reach of all.  - Eugene Znosko-Borowski


Every Chess master was once a beginner.  -  Irving Chernev


People who want to improve should take their defeats as lessons, and endeavor to learn what to avoid in the future. You must also have the courage of your convictions. If you think your move is good, make it.  -  Jose Capablanca


I feel that anyone can become an IM (International Master) in two years, but he must study hard and play a great deal in order to achieve this goal.  - Miguel Quinteros


For pleasure you can read the games collections of Andersson and Chigorin, but for benefit you should study Tarrasch, Keres and Bronstein.  -  Mikhail Tal


Those who say they understand Chess, understand nothing.  - Robert Huebner


It is well-known that chess and music go well together, and many are those who have achieved unusual proficiency in both.  -  Savielly Tartakower


The chesse, of all games wherein is no bodily exercise, is mooste to be commended; for therein is right subtile engine, whereby the wytte is made more sharpe and remembrance quickened. And it is the more commendable and also more commodiouse if the players haue radde the moralization of the chesse, and whan they playe do think upon hit; whiche bokes be in englisshe. But they be very scarse, by cause fewe men do seeke in plaies for vertue or wisdome. -  Sir Thomas Eliot 1531


Chess teaches you to control the initial excitement you feel when you see something that looks good and it trains you to think objectively when in you're trouble.  -  Stanley Kubrick


You sit at the board and suddenly your heart leaps. Your hand trembles to pick up the piece and move it.  But what Chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether it's really a good idea and whether there are other better ideas.  - Stanley Kubrick


The first chess book that I read was Dufresne's self-tutor, published with Lasker's Common Sense in Chess as an appendix.  -  Vasily Smyslov


Chess can help a child develop logical thinking, decision making, reasoning, and pattern recognition skills, which in turn can help math and verbal skills.  -  Susan Polgar