To my way of thinking, Troitzky has no peer among endgame composers; no one else has composed so many and such varied endings of the first rank.  -  Jose Capablanca


I do not know to whom the aphorism 'There are no sound studies, only ones that haven't been busted yet' belongs, but it has measure of truth in it.  -  Mark Dvoretsky


My theory of a key-move was always to make it just the reverse of what a player in 999 out of 1000 could look for.  -  Sam Loyd


A considerable role in the forming of my style was played by an early attraction to study composition.  -  Vasily Smyslov


My fascination for studies proved highly beneficial, it assisted the development of my aesthetic understanding of chess, and improved my endgame play.  -  Vasily Smyslov


Chess problems demand from the composer the same virtues that characterize all worthwhile art: originality, invention, consciousness, harmony, complexity, and splendid insincerity.  - Vladimir Nabokov


I always urge players to study composed problems and endgames.  - Pal Benko


Some studies make such a deep impression on you that they stay etched in your memory forever.  -  Jan Timman