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"Draughts is a less attractive game, infinitely less, but it is more scientific. You see, a step at draughts is irreparable. At chess, however, you can get back, change the disposition of your men, and possibly win"
"The Pawn move is a capital investment. Every one of the
forty-eight should, from the beginning, be spent as if it
were one of the last forty-eight apprehensive and
responsible dollars between yourself and starvation"
“Although to many this seems strange, in general I consider
that in chess everything rests on tactics. If one thinks of strategy
as a block of marble, then tactics are the chisel with which a
master operates, in creating works of chess art”
"Combinations have always been the most intriguing aspect of Chess.
The masters look for them, the public applauds them, the critics
praise them. It is because combinations are possible that Chess
is more than a lifeless mathematical exercise. They are the
poetry of the game; they are to Chess what melody is to
music. They represent the triumph of mind over matter"
"For me chess is certainly more than a game - it is my profession. Chess embodies art and creativity. Twenty years ago it was much more of a creative activity than it is today. In those days you had to mainly rely on your own creativity but today there are many other factors such as computers and trainers, which can outweigh that creativity"
"I'm against the concept of genius. I'm not saying that genius doesn't exist, but I'm really wary of overestimating it, because I think by overestimating genius you kind of underestimate everybody's ability to excel at the things that they're passionate about"
"He only takes a draw when it's hopeless or when he's afraid he might get hurt in the position. When I analyzed with him he would say: "I kill him if I get this position." He deplores positions without counterplay. Even if he's in bad shape, there must be tension. This is the essence of his chess style" (on Fischer)
"Only the young generation of fearless fighters can destroy the Fischer myth. You must not let him impose on you his style, which is like snake poison. The old- fashioned way, heavy with security devices, incessant tiptoeing on shallow waters of draws, offers no hope against Fischer"