|Bobby Fischer on the cover of Life.|
— Bobby Fischer, USA, world chess champion from 1972 to 1975 and one of the greatest chess players of all time
It's quite difficult for me to imagine my life without chess.
— Garry Kasparov, Russia, youngest World Chess Champion in 1985, at 22
Nowadays, when you're not a grandmaster at 14, you can forget about it.
— Viswanathan Anand, India, current world chess champion
When you see a good move, look for a better one.
|A May 1940 pulp fiction magazine.|
As one by one I mowed them down, my superiority soon became apparent.
— José Raúl Capablanca, Cuba, world chess champion from 1921 to 1927
Chess is my life, but my life is not chess.
— Anatoly Karpov, Russia, former world champion from 1975 to 1985
Chess is ruthless: you've got to be prepared to kill people.
— Nigel Short, England, became a Grandmaster at 19
Others on chess
|Woody Allen in What's New Pussycat (1965)|
— Woody Allen, director, comedian and writer
You sit at the board and suddenly your heart leaps. Your hand trembles to pick up the piece and move it. But what chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether it's really a good idea and whether there are other, better ideas.
— Stanley Kubrick, director, writer and producer
My problem with chess was that all my pieces wanted to end the game as soon as possible.
— Dave Barry, columnist and humourist
Chess is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever, when they are only wasting their time.
— George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright and Nobel prize winner
Chess is the most elaborate waste of human intelligence outside of an advertising agency.