Quotes and Sayings about Chess

Quotes and Sayings about Chess

Chess, the royal game, unites people across generations. Every move is a decision that requires strategy and creativity. The pieces dance across the board, and each game tells its own story. It is a duel of intelligence and will, where the mind tests its limits. Chess teaches us patience, perseverance, and the value of planning. In every victory and every defeat, we find valuable lessons. In this timeless challenge, skill and passion blend into a captivating dance of minds.

You know how the game of chess is played. Pieces must be sacrificed!
The only opponents who aren't coming up with excuses for being defeated by me are computers.
Bobby Fischer (World Chess Champion)
All that matters on the chessboard is good moves.
Chess is life.
"Checkmate" doesn't mean you've simply cornered the enemy king. It's a declaration that the enemy king is yours.
It was like when you make a move in chess and just as you take your finger off the piece, you see the mistake you've made, and there's this panic because you don't know yet the scale of disaster you've left yourself open to.
I believe that cheating in chess is a big deal and an existential threat to the game.
Magnus Carlsen - September 2022
Phoenix: "Hey Sova! We're gonna hit the chessboard after this, yeah?"
Sova: "You lack the patience, friend. Learn that first, then we'll approach strategy."
Phoenix: "I should have picked this game."
Cypher: "[playing chess] Winning requires sacrifice. Not really your style."
Cypher in Valorant - Episode 4 Cinematic
I wanted to begin chatting to whoever the chess guy was... oh, it's you? What's your favorite opening? I bet it's not a v*gina.
Chess is mental torture.
Chess is war over the board. The object is to crush the opponents mind.
Chess only appeals to quite a small minority. It does not have the cachet of a mainstream popular sport.
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.
The highest art of the chessplayer lies in not allowing your opponent to show you what he can do.
Few things are as mentally brutal as chess.
The Queen's Gambit - Season 1 Episode 5
Mr. Shaibel: "Those things are called openings."
Beth: "Is that one of 'em?"
Mr. Shaibel: "Yeah... the Queen's Gambit."
Mr. Shaibel in The Queen's Gambit - Season 1 Episode 1
Ivana: "Do you know how we keep warm in Russia?"
Austin: "I can guess, baby."
Ivana: "We play chess."
Austin: "I guessed wrong."
Austin Powers in Austin Powers - The Spy Who Shagged Me

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A good player knows how to win the game, a good character knows how to lose it, while smiling.
We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
It's important to have balance in your life between work and play.
By playing for one hour, you can get to know someone better, than by talking for a year.
Life is more fun if you play games.
Rules are good. Rules help control the fun.
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To master a new technology, you have to play with it.
We humans love to play. Over the last 300,000 years, we have come up with thousands, maybe millions of games. We play to appease the gods. We play to push our boundaries and hone ourselves to perfection. We play anywhere. On sand. On snow. Soil. Water. Tarmac. In these playgrounds, we reveal our inner selves. Our joy. Our shame. Our glory. And our pain. But the origin of play is anything but fun. Play has evolved from our fight to survive. If we didn't play, we would not be who we are today.
I like the moment when I break a man's ego.
America is totally under control of the Jews, you know. I mean, look what they're doing in Yugoslavia.
The U.S. and Israel have been slaughtering the Palestinians, just slaughtering them, for years. Robbing them and slaughtering them.
I believe that Niemann has cheated more - and more recently - than he has publicly admitted. His over the board progress has been unusual, and throughout our game in the Sinquefield Cup I had the impression that he wasn't tense or even fully concentrating on the game in critical positions, while outplaying me as black in a way I think only a handful of players can do.
Magnus Carlsen - September 2022
I've withdrawn from the tournament. I've always enjoyed playing in the Saint Louis Chess Club, and hope to be back in the future. If I speak I am in big trouble.
Magnus Carlsen - September 2022
My favourite player from the past is probably myself, like, 3-4 years ago.
Having a dictator rule in Russia is by far the greatest existential threat to humanity.
Garry Kasparov - March 2022
This is tragic for my country. Thousands of young Russians die for that lunatic dictator. Many of them were born under Putin and now die under Putin.
Garry Kasparov - March 2022
For a time, I was all you had. And for a time, you was all I had. We weren't orphans. Not as long as we had each other.
Jolene in The Queen's Gambit - Season 1 Episode 7
Maybe? Maybe is a loser's word!
Benny Watts in The Queen's Gambit - Season 1 Episode 7
There are only two things I can't stand in this world: People who are intolerant of other people's cultures... and the Dutch.
Nigel Powers in Austin Powers - Goldmember
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Foxxy Cleopatra: "Oh, how sweet. No, my mini-man, I'm not."
Mini-Me: "Are you sure you don't have a little clone in you?"
Foxxy Cleopatra: "Yes I'm sure."
Mini-Me: "Would you like to?"
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It's human nature not to realize the true value of something unless they lose it.
Sometimes you must hurt in order to know, fall in order to grow, lose in order to gain. Because life's greatest lessons are learned through pain.
In this world everything is governed by balance. There's what you stand to gain and what you stand to lose. And in this moment they think they have nothing to lose. And when you believe you've got nothing to lose, you're overconfident. We will be the ones that are going to show them just how much they have to lose.
The Professor in Money Heist - Season 3 Episode 3
An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.
Accept that because we were born with nothing, we can become anything!
The natural enemy of the strong is the weak, but the natural enemy of the weak is not the strong - it is the ones that are even weaker.
I keep thinking about this river somewhere, with the water moving really fast. And these two people in the water, trying to hold onto each other, holding on as hard as they can, but in the end it's just too much. The current's too strong. They've got to let go, drift apart.
Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don't go along with that. The memories I value most, I don't ever see them fading.
This bow has taken men and beast alike. I have found there is little difference.
They're scared, I don't need cameras to see that.
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