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"It's always better to sacrifice your opponent's men."  
  - Savielly Tartakower

"There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones ... and mine!"  
  - Mikhail Tal

"How does Tal win?  He develops all his pieces to the center and then sacrifices them somewhere."  
  - Bobby Fischer

"All chessplayers should have a hobby." 
  - Tartakower  

"Tactics is knowing what to do when there is something to do. Strategy is knowing what to do when there is nothing to do."  
 - Savielly Tartakower

"One day you give a lesson, the next day your opponent gives you a lesson." 
  - Bobby Fischer

"Place the board so that the sun is in your opponent's eyes."  
  - Ruy López 

"May my fearful incantation bewitch him so that peril shall beset two or three of his pieces at once! May the Queen lose her life! May the wee pawns grow fewer and fewer on the squares and may he be mated both with the low and high mates!"  
  - Father Stefan Olafsson, (1650)  

"There just isn't enough televised chess."
  - David Letterman  

"When Spassky offers you a piece, you may just as well resign, but when Tal offers you a piece, go on playing, he may sacrifice another, and then ... who knows?"  
 - Miguel Najdorf  

<< 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!" >> 
  - Mikhail Tal  

"No game was ever won by resigning."  
  - Savielly Tartakower  

"Chess is neither a science nor an art. It is what human nature most delights in--a fight."  
  - Emanuel Lasker  

"There is no such thing as a friendly game of chess."
  - Jon Saboe

"Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy."  
  - Siegbert Tarrasch  

"A chess game is divided into three stages: the first, when you hope you have the advantage, the second when you believe you have an advantage, and the third... when you know you're going to lose!"  
  - Savielly Tartakower  

"All that matters on the chessboard is good moves."  
  - Bobby Fischer  

"Checkers is for tramps." 
  - Paul Morphy 

"A computer beat me in chess, but it was no match for me at all ... when it came to kickboxing!" 
  - Comedian Emo Philips 

"You need mouthwash ... or at least a breath mint!" 
  - A.J. Goldsby, to an opponent who was badly hung over - and had a healthy case of "morning funk."   

"The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake."  
  - GM Savielly Tartakower 


 "You cannot play at chess if you are kind-hearted."   - a French Proverb  

My thanks to Mr. Michael Thornton, who sent me most of these quotes.  

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