If it is true that a player's style is his person, then everyone plays as he is intended to by nature. I am naturally cautious, and I altogether dislike situations which involve risk.  -  Tigran Petrosian


It is asserted that my favourite player is Capablanca. They have even pinned a label on me: "follower of the Capablanca style". In fact, for me there cannot exist any one idol in principle. Thus if I were to name a few names, I would give Nimzowitsch, Capablanca and Rubinstein.  -  Tigran Petrosian


There wasn’t any particular player I modeled my game after. I tried to learn from everyone and create my own style. I studied past players. Truth be told I never had a favorite player. It’s just not my nature to go around idolizing people. I just go try to learn.  -  Magnus Carlsen


Many men, many styles; what is chess style but the intangible expression of the will to win.  -  Aaron Nimzowitsch


I do not play chess - I fight at chess. Therefore I willingly combine the tactical with the strategic, the fantastic with the scientific, the combinative with the positional, and I aim to respond to the demands of each given position …  -  Alexander Alekhine


The best chess masters of every epoch have been closely linked with the values of the society in which they lived and worked. All the changes of a cultural, political, and psychological background are reflected in the style and ideas of their play.  -  Garry Kasparov


I see my own style as being a symbiosis of the styles of Alekhine, Tal and Fischer.  -  Garry Kasparov


It is peculiar but a fact nevertheless, that the gamblers in chess have enthusiastic followers.  -  Mikhail Botvinnik


I go over many games collections and pick up something from the style of each player.  -  Mikhail Tal


In my opinion, the style of a player should not be formed under the influence of any single great master.  -  Vasily Smyslov


I believe that the best style is a universal one, tactical and positional at the same time ...  -  Susan Polgar


But you see when I play a game of Bobby, there is no style. Bobby played perfectly. And perfection has no style.  -  Miguel Najdorf