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    As a rule, so-called "positional" sacrifices are considered more difficult, and therefore more praise-worthy, than those which are based exclusively on an exact calculation of tactical possibilities.

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    As a rule, pawn endings have a forced character, and they can be worked out conclusively.

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    As with Steinitz, Fischer's genius has often been concealed by controversies away from the board. Like Lasker, Fischer has raised chess to new financial heights despite frequent retreats from serious play. And, like Capablanca, Fischer is recognized by millions of non-players and has won the game many new enthusiasts.

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    As one by one I mowed them down, my superiority soon became apparent

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    At that time two opposing concepts of the Game called forth commentary and discussion. The foremost players distinguished two principal types of Game, the formal and the psychological.

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    At the ches with me she (Fortune) gan to pleye; With her false draughts (pieces) dyvers/She staal on me, and took away my fers. And when I sawgh my fers awaye, Allas! I kouthe no lenger playe.

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    Avoidance of mistakes is the beginning, as it is the end, of mastery in chess.

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    Be a harsh critic of your own wins.

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    Before Geller we did not understand the King's Indian Defence.

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    Between rounds of speed chess I read enough of a programming manual to teach myself to write programs on the school's DEC mainframe in the language Basic.

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    Black is now in desperate need of a good idea. Or, to put it standard chess notation, +-

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    A sensation, hidden in the depths of my emotional memory, was suddenly revived: what if... What if for me The Variation is not dead? If The Variation is alive?!

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    A thorough understanding of the typical mating continuations makes the most complicated sacrificial combinations leading up to them not only not difficult, but almost a matter of course

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    Barcza is the most versatile player in the opening. He sometimes plays P-KKt3 on the first, sometimes on the second, sometimes on the third, and sometimes only on the fourth move.

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    Believe firmly that in chess there are no rules without exceptions.

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    Bobby is the most misunderstood, misquoted celebrity walking the face of this earth

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    Botvinnik's right! When he says such things, then he's right. Usually, I prefer not to study chess but to play it. For me chess is more an art than a science. It's been said that Alekhine and I played similar chess, except that he studied more. Yes, perhaps, but I have to say that he played, too.

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    Bobby Fischer is the greatest Chess genius of all time!

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    Bobby Fischer has an enormous knowledge of chess and his familiarity with the chess literature of the USSR is immense.

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    Botvinnik was a killer in chess.

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    By this measure (on the gap between Fischer & his contemporaries), I consider him the greatest world champion

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    But alas! Like many another consummation devoutly to be wished, the actual performance was a disappointing one.

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    Caissa, the goddess of chess, had punished me for my conservative play, for betraying my nature.

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    But how difficult it can be to gain the desired full point against an opponent of inferior strength, when this is demanded by the tournament position!

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    Can you buy an entire chess set in a pawn shop?

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    Capablanca possessed an amazing ability to quickly see into a position and intuitively grasp its main features. His style, one of the purest, most crystal-clear in the entire history of chess, astonishes one with his logic.

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    Capablanca was snatched too early from the chess world. With his death we have lost a great chess genius, the like of whom we will never see again.

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    Chess can be described as the movement of pieces eating one another.

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    Capablanca plays very superficially sometimes, in a way that can only be ascribed to lack of concentration. This is an integral weakness of his make-up and can only be partially compensated by his employing his time allowance to the full.

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    Campo, as everyone in chess recognized, had a 2600 rating as a politician.

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    Chess is a cold bath for the mind

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    Chess is a contributor to net human unhappiness, since the pleasure of victory is greatly exceeded by the pain of defeat.

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    Chess first of all teaches you to be objective.

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    Chess is a game of bad moves.

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    Chess is a beautiful mistress.

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    Chess is an art and not a spectator sport.

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    Chess is a sad waste of brains.

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    Chess is a time game, it’s a game of patience. That pretty much defines how I run the ball.

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    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.

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    Chess is a meritocracy.

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    Chess is a sport. A violent sport.

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    Chess is life and every game is like a new life.

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    Chess is like a delicious drug which offers such heavenly delights that they can never tear themselves away from it completely.

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    Chess is not Mathematics, where ten is always more than one; in chess the King with a pawn can beat opponent's King with all pieces if they are placed badly.

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    Chess is one of the few arts where composition takes place simultaneously with performance

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    Chess is the only game greater than its players.

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    Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy.

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    Chess, like other arts, must be practiced to be appreciated.

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    Chess players are madmen of a certain quality, the way the artist is supposed to be, and isn't, in general.

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    Chess was Capablanca's mother tongue.