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You must take your opponent into a deep dark forest where 2+2=5, and the path leading out is only wide enough for one
In my games I have sometimes found a combination intuitively simply feeling that it must be there. Yet I was not able to translate my thought processes into normal human language.
If you wait for luck to turn up, life becomes very boring.
Just as one's imagination is stirred by a girl's smile, so is one's imagination stirred by the possibilities of chess.
There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones and mine
Later, I began to succeed in decisive games. Perhaps because I realized a very simple truth: not only was I worried, but also my opponent
To play for a draw (at any rate with White) is to some degree a crime against chess.
When I asked Fischer why he had not played a certain move in our game, he replied: 'Well, you laughed when I wrote it down!'
Of course, errors are not good for a chess game, but errors are unavoidable and in any case, a game without ant errors, or as they say 'flawless game' is colorless.
Fischer is Fischer, but a knight is a knight!
Quiet moves often make a stronger impression than a wild combination with heavy sacrifices.
First, how to sac my queen, then rook, then bishop, then knight, then pawns.
Without technique it is impossible to reach the top in chess, and therefore we all try to borrow from Capablanca his wonderful, subtle technique.
Many Chess players were surprised when after the game, Fischer quietly explained: 'I had already analyzed this possibility' in a position which I thought was not possible to foresee from the opening
Fischer is the greatest genius to descend from the chess heavens.
The cherished dream of every chessplayer is to play a match with the World Champion. But here is the paradox: the closer you come to the realization of this goal, the less you think about it.
Some sacrifices are sound; the rest are mine
If (Black) is going for victory, he is practically forced to allow his opponent to get some kind of well-known positional advantage.
It is difficult to play against Einstein's theory -on his first loss to Fischer
I like to grasp the initiative and not give my opponent peace of mind.
I'd like to always be romantic in chess. Sadly, this doesn't always work like that.
I go over many games collections and pick up something from the style of each player.
For pleasure you can read the games collections of Andersson and Chigorin, but for benefit you should study Tarrasch, Keres and Bronstein.
Planning anything is hopeless.
I believe most definitely that one must not only grapple with the problems on the board, one must also make every effort to combat the thoughts and will of the opponent.
As long as my opponent has not yet castled, on each move I seek a pretext for an offensive. Even when I realize that the king is not in danger.
Naturally, the psychological susceptibility of a match participant is significantly higher than a participant in a tournament, since each game substantially changes the over-all position.
You can't avoid mistakes and bad luck.
I have always thought it a matter of honour for every chess player to deserve the smile of fortune.
Chess isn't football or hockey.
I can take care of myself! But the "external barriers", my opponents, do indeed concern me.
...That is my biography from the first day of my chess life to the present.JOURNALIST. And your plans.PLAYER. To play!
Of course, errors are not good for a chess game, but errors are unavoidable and in any case, a game without errors, or as they say 'flawless game' is colorless.