Chess Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old chess quotes, chess sayings, and chess proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Chess is the gymnasium of the mind.

Blaise Pascal

Age brings wisdom to some men, and to others chess.

Evan Esar

Chess is a fairy tale of 1001 blunders.

Savielly Tartakower

Chess is the only game greater than its players.

Tim Rice

The most powerful weapon in Chess is to have the next move.

David Bronstein

The pawns are the soul of chess.


Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy.


Chess is the art of analysis.

Mikhail Botvinnik

What would Chess be without silly mistakes?

Kurt Richter

Chess is like war on a board.

Bobby Fischer

Chess makes man wiser and clear-sighted.     

Vladimir Putin

Chess demands total concentration.     

Bobby Fischer

In Chess, just as in life, today’s bliss may be tomorrow’s poison.


You can only get good at Chess if you love the game.

Bobby Fischer

Life is too short for chess.


Chess is a good mistress, but a bad master.      

Gerald Abrahams

Those who say they understand Chess, understand nothing.

Robert Hubner

The essence of Chess is thinking about what Chess is.     

David Bronstein

A bad day of Chess is better than any good day at work.


The only thing chess players have in common is chess

Lodewijk Prins

Chess is not for the timid.     

Irving Chernev

That’s what Chess is all about. One day you give your opponent a lesson, the next day he gives you one.

Bobby Fischer

Many have become Chess Masters, no one has become the Master of Chess.

Siegbert Tarrasch

Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe.

Indian Proverb

When you see a good move, look for a better one.

Dominic Lawson

Chess is a forcing house where the fruits of character can ripen more fully than in life.

Edward Morgan Foster

All that matters on the chessboard is good moves.

Bobby Fischer

Chess is the struggle against error.     

Johannes Zukertort

Chess is life and every game is like a new life.     

Eduard Gufeld

Chess is as much a mystery as women.


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