If drink is the curse of the working classes and work is the curse of the drinking classes then chess is the curse of the thinking classes.
On the chess-board lies and hypocrisy do not survive long.
The hardest game to win is a won game.
When you see a good move, look for a better one.
Without error there can be no brilliancy.
Chess is, above all, a fight.
In Chess, as it is played by masters, chance is practically eliminated.
The laws of chess do not permit a free choice: you have to move whether you like it or not.
I have added these principles to the law: get the Knights into action before both bishops are developed.
The game gives us a satisfaction that Life denies us. And for the Chess player, the success which crowns his work, the great dispeller of sorrows, is named 'combination'.
Show me three variations in the leading handbook on the openings, and I will show you two of those three that are defective.
Do not permit yourself to fall in love with the end-game play to the exclusion of entire games. It is well to have the whole story of how it happened; the complete play, not the denouement only. Do not embrace the rag-time and vaudeville of chess.
By some ardent enthusiasts Chess has been elevated into a science or an art. It is neither; but its principal characteristic seems to be - what human nature mostly delights in - a fight.
Truth derives its strength not so much from itself as from the brilliant contrast it makes with what is only apparently true. This applies especially to Chess, where it is often found that the profoundest moves do not much startle the imagination.
The process of making pieces in Chess do something useful (whatever it may be) has received a special name: it is called the attack. The attack is that process by means of which you remove obstructions.