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49 Motivational Chess Quotes for Life!

“Every chess master was once a beginner.”

Chess has always been a game of excellence and has produced some of the greatest minds of all time. They left us with some stories and inspirational chess quotes that reformed their life. What’s a better way to understand a person’s mind other than reading what they said?  Here are the best chess quotes by some of the greatest chess players of all time.

Chess Motivational Quotes

  • “Nobody ever won a chess game by resigning.”
    Savielly Tartakower

  • “You may learn much more from a game you lose than from a game you win. You will have to lose hundreds of games before becoming a good player.”
    Jose Raul Capablanca

  • “Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.”
    Ralph Charell

  • “Every chess master was once a beginner.”
    Irving Chernev

  • “The hardest game to win is a won game.”
    Emanuel Lasker

  • “If you wish to succeed, you must brave the risk of failure.”
    Garry Kasparov

  • “Chess is an infinitely complex game, which one can play in infinitely numerous & varied ways.”
    Vladimir Kramnik

  • “Life is like a chess game. If you play the right move, at the right time you’ll win the game.”
    Sruti

  • “Tactics is knowing what to do when there’s something to do. Strategy is knowing what to do when there’s nothing what to do.”
    Savielly Tartakower

  • “When your house is on fire, you cannot be bothered with the neighbors. Or, as we say in chess, if your King is under attack, do not worry about losing a pawn on the queenside.”
    Garry Kasparov

  • “You can only get good at chess if you love the game.”
    Bobby Fischer
Text - “Nobody ever won a chess game by resigning.”
“If you wish to succeed, you must brave the risk of failure.”

Chess Quotes on Life

  • “I prefer to lose a really good game than to win a bad one.
    David Levy

  • “Life is like a chess. If you lose your queen, you will probably lose the game.”
    Being Caballero

     

  • “Life is like a game of chess. To win you need to make a move. Knowing which move to make comes with insight and knowledge and by learning the lessons that are accumulated along the way. We become each and every piece within the game called LIFE”
    Alan Rufus

     

  • “Chess is life in miniature. Chess is a struggle, chess battles.”
    Garry Kasparov

     

  • “Chess makes men wiser and clear-sighted.”
    Vladimir Putin

     

  • “If your opponent offers you a draw, try to work out why he thinks he’s worse off.”
    Nigel Short

     

  • “One doesn’t have to play well, it’s enough to play better than your opponent.”
    Siegbert Tarrasch

     

  • “When you see a good move, look for a better one.”
    Emanuel Lasker

     

  • “Critical thinking is the most important factor with chess. As it is in life, you need to think before you make decisions.”
    Hikaru Nakamura

     

  •  “Once the game is over,” he says, “the king and the pawn go back in the same box. In life and death, we are equal.”
    – Lisa Renee Jones
“Chess makes men wiser and clear-sighted.”
“When you see a good move, look for a better one.”

Quotes on Chess Game

  • “Chess doesn’t drive people mad, it keeps mad people sane.”
    Bill Hartston

     

  • “Chess is a war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent’s mind.”
    Bobby Fischer

     

  • “Chess is played with the mind and not with the hands.”
    Renaud & Kahn

     

  • “I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.”
    Marcel Duchamp

     

  • “Chess, it’s the struggle against the error.”
    Johannes Zukertort

     

  • “Many has become chess masters, no one has become the master of chess.”
    SiegbertTarrasch
Text - “Chess is played with the mind and not with the hands.”

Quotes by the Greatest Players of All Time

  • I don’t believe in psychology. I believe in good moves.”
    Bobby Fischer

     

  • “I used to attack because it was the only thing I knew. Now I attack because I know it works best.”
    Garry Kasparov

     

  • “Without the element of enjoyment, it is not worth trying to excel at anything.”
    Magnus Carlsen

     

  • “Confidence is very important – even pretending to be confident. If you make a mistake but do not let your opponent see what you are thinking then he may overlook the mistake.”
    Viswanathan Anand

     

  • “Pawns not only create the sketch for the whole painting, they are also the soil, the foundation, of any position”
    Anatoly Karpov

     

  • “Chess was Capablanca’s mother tongue”
    Reti

     

  • “If I win a tournament, I win it by myself. I do the playing. Nobody helps me”
    Bobby Fischer

     

  • “There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones and mine”
    Mikhail Tal
Text - I don’t believe in psychology. I believe in good moves.”
Text - “There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones and mine”

Relationship Chess Quotes

  • Every man needs a woman when his life is a mess, because like in the game of chess; the queen protects the king.
    Sukh Sandhu

     

  • The rules of the game are what we call the laws of nature.
     Thomas Huxley

  • Chess like love, like music, has the power to make man happy.
    – Savielly Tartakower

     

  • “Some part of a mistake is always correct”
    Savielly Tartakover

     

  • “Chess is as much a mystery as women”
    Purdy

     

  • “Good positions don’t win games, good moves do”
    Gerald Abrahams
Text - “Chess, it’s the struggle against the error.”

Funny Chess Quotes

  • “The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made.”
    Savielly Tartakower

     

  • “Of chess, it has been said that life is not long enough for it, but that is the fault of life, not chess.”
    William Napier

     

  • “The pin is mightier than the sword.”
    Fred Reinfeld

     

  • “One bad move nullifies forty good ones.”
    Bernhard Horwitz

     

  • “It will be cheering to know that many people are skillful chess players, though in many instances their brains, in a general way, compare unfavorably with the cognitive faculties of a rabbit.”
    James Mortimer

     

  • “Those who say they understand chess, understand nothing”
    Robert Hübner

     

  • “A Chess game is divided into three stages: the first, when you hope you have the advantage, the second when you believe you have an advantage, and the third… when you know you’re going to lose”
    Savielly Tartakower

     

  •  “No Chess Grandmaster is normal; they only differ in the extent of their madness”
    Viktor Korchnoi
“The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made.”
“Those who say they understand chess, understand nothing”

Conclusion

Chess is a game of war. Some see it as a game for entertainment and some as life itself. Some learn to attack from it and others to defend their castle. In my opinion, it’s a game nothing more, beauty lies in the eyes of the person who interprets it as many different beautiful aspects of life.

See how civilizations across history viewed and interpreted the game of chess in different ways. Read the History of Chess.

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