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Who said something memorable or profound about chess.

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What is the source of this famous quote often attributed to Mikhail Tal?

"There are two types of sacrifices in chess, sound ones and my own." I have often encountered this amusing quotation often attributed to Tal in my reading and in online discourse. I have ...
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Who is this quote from?

My memory tells me that this quote: Whenever someone says that he is better than me, I checkmate him is from Capablanca. But I haven't been able to find it. So maybe it isn't from him or that quote ...
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What does "end with an empty board" mean?

I got this statement from Fundamental Chess Openings by Paul van der Sterren, and I don't understand what it means to end up with an empty board: However, since the human brain and even the computer ...
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Which GM said something along the lines of "I can beat any chess engine; just give me time enough (to prevent blunders)"

So I guess I read this long time ago -most probably in the 2000s, when engines started to beat humans. I just have no idea who said it, but I guess it was not a top player at that moment (say Kasparov ...
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What are the "great injustices of chess"? [closed]

Edmar Mednis stated that in KNN vs K endgame, the inability to force checkmate is one of 'the great injustices of chess'. This seems to be defined as a drawn/drawish endgame position but where 1 side ...
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Lasker (?) on strategy and tactics

Many years ago I read (in a Russian book) a saying Strategy is creating true values; tactics is refuting the false ones. which the book attributed to Emmanuel Lasker. Does anybody know where Lasker (...
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What is the history behind the famous author H. G. Wells writing against the game of chess?

Here are some quotes by by famous English author H. G. Wells.: “There is no remorse like the remorse of chess. [..] It is a curse upon man. There is no happiness in chess.” [source] “The passion for ...
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Kasparov quote on boldness

I am looking for a Kasparov quote on boldness. I would like to be something along the lines of this: "I do less tactical training as tournament time approaches. Instead, I do more bold, daring ...
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Kasparov quote on the simple math behind attacking

I've seen several references to a certain Kasparov quote that paraphrase the idea of the quote without giving the actual text of the quote, or indicating where he said it. The idea is something like &...
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What is the origin of Tal's expression "They can only take one at a time"?

The expression refers to aggressive attacking style where one side leaves multiple pieces attacked, but the opponent cannot take full advantage of it since "they can only take one at a time". Was this ...
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Who said "One bad move nullifies forty good ones"?

This quote is attributed both to Bernhard Horwitz and I.A. Horowitz, and I'd like to know which one said it. One thing that helps is they don't have overlapping lifespans. Bernhard Horwitz died in ...
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"Chess is art" who was the first one to use this quote?

Who was the very first one to ever use the quote "Chess is art"? Like who was the first one?