66 Inspiring Chess Quotes That Will Teach You Values in Life

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The game of chess is challenging and only those who have the right IQ are able to endure its deceptiveness. It is such a strategic game, you would need to make a move with the right purpose, something you could use and apply in life.

A game that really pushes the boundaries of your decisions, as everything implies risks and this is applicable in real life. You would learn when to sacrifice things for the sake of a bigger conquest.

66 Chess Quotes and Be Successful

Chess is so similar to life, we can learn from it that sometimes not all that we wanted and aimed for is what will happen, but sometimes what we already have is what we need to grab on and seize the opportunity.

Here it is our collection of Inspiring Chess Quotes That’ll Teach You Values in Life

1. “I’ve come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.” – Marcel Duchamp

2. “I’m convinced, the way one plays chess always reflects the player’s personality. If something defines his character, then it will also define his way of playing.” – Vladimir Kramnik

3. “Unlike other games in which lucre is the end and aim, [chess] recommends itself to the wise by the fact that its mimic battles are fought for no prize but honor. It’s eminently and emphatically the philosopher’s game.”– Paul Morphy

4. “Chess, it’s the struggle against error.” – Johannes Zukertort

5. “The game of chess is not just an idle amusement. Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired or strengthened by it… Life is a kind of Chess, in which we have often pointed to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with.” – Benjamin Franklin

6. “Every chess master was once a beginner.”– Irving Chernev

7. “Chess holds its master in its own hand, shackling the mind and brain so that the inner freedom of the very strongest must suffer.” – Einstein

8. “The pen is mightier than the sword.” – Fred Reinfield

9. “Chess is the gymnasium of the mind.” – Blaise Pascal

10. Attackers may sometimes regret bad moves, but it’s much worse to forever regret an opportunity you allowed to pass you by.”– Kasparov

11. “The beauty of a move lies not in its appearance but in the thought behind it.”  – Aaron Nimzowitsch

12. “Even the laziest king flees wildly in the face of a double check.” – AronNimzowitsch

13. “Chess is a fairy tale of 1,001 blunders.”– SaviellyTartakower

14. “The pawns are the soul of chess.” – Francois Andre

15. “If you see a good move, look for a better one.”– Emanuel Lasker

16. “The winner of the game is the player who makes the next to last mistake.” –SaviellyTartakower

17. “The hardest game to win is a won game.” – Emanuel Lasker

18. “Many has become chess masters, no one has become the master of chess.” – SiegbertTarrasch

19. “A sacrifice is best refuted by accepting it.” – Wilhelm Steinitz

20. “Enormous self-belief, intuition, the ability to take a risk at a critical moment and go in for a very dangerous play with counter-chances for the opponent it’s precisely these qualities that distinguish great players” –  Garry Kasparov

21. “Too many times, people do not try their best. They do not have the keen spirit, the winning spirit. And once you make it you have got to guard your reputation – every day go in like an unknown to prove yourself. That is why I don’t clown around. I do not believe in wasting time. My goal is to win the World Chess Championship; to beat the Russians. I take this very seriously.” – Bobby Fischer

22. The single most important thing in life is to believe in yourself regardless of what everyone else says”. – Hikaru Nakamura

23. “If you’re going to make your mark among masters, you’ve to work far harder and more intensively, or, to put it more exactly, the work is far more complex than that needed to gain the title of Master.” – Mikhail Botvinnik

24. The ability to work hard for days on end without losing focus is a talent. The ability to keep absorbing new information after many hours of study is a talent.”– Garry Kasparov

25. “Those who think that it’s easy to play chess are mistaken. During a game, a player lives on his nerves, and at the same time he must be perfectly composed” – Victor Kortchnoi

26. “Boxing is like a chess. You encourage your opponent to make mistakes so you can capitalize on it. People think you get in the ring and see the red mist, but it is not about aggression. Avoiding knockout is tactical.” – Nicola Adams

27. “Drawing is rather like playing chess. Your mind races ahead of time that you eventually make.” – David Hockney

28. “In life, as in chess, one’s own pawns block one’s way. A man’s very wealth, ease, leisure, children, books, which should help him to win, more often checkmate him. –  Charles Buxton

29. “Chess is a war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent’s mind.”– Bobby Fischer

30. “Chess does not drive people mad, it keeps mad people sane.” – Bill Hartston

31. “Chess is life in miniature. Chess is a struggle, chess battles.” – says Garry Kasparov

32. “Age brings wisdom to some men, and to others chess.”– Evan Esar

33. The most powerful weapon in Chess is to have the next move.” – David Bronstein

34. “Chess is the art of analysis.” – Mikhail Botvinnik

35. “Chess makes a man wiser & clear-sighted.”  – Vladimir Putin

36. “You can only get good at chess if you love the game.”– Bobby Fischer

37. “The essence of chess is thinking about what CHESS is.” – David Bronstein

38. “Chess isn’t for the timid.” – Irving Chernev

39. “Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe.”– Proverb (Indian)

40. “Chess is life and every game is like a new life. “– Eduard Gufeld

41. “It’s an eminently and emphatically the philosopher’s game.” – Paul Morphy

42. “Chess is as much a mystery as women.” – Purdy

43. “Chess is an infinitely complex game, which one can play in infinitely numerous & varied ways.” – Vladimir Kramnik

44. “Chess is played with the mind and not with the hands.” – Renaud & Kahn

45. Chess is a terrific way for kids to build self-image and self-esteem.”-SaudinRobovic

46. “In life, unlike chess the game continues after checkmate.”-  Isaac Asimov

47. “Chess isn’t always about winning. Sometimes, it is simply about learning and so is life.” – Anonymous

48. “When your house is on fire, you cannot be bothered with the neighbors. Or, as we say in chess, if your King is under attack, do not worry about losing a pawn on the queenside.” – Garry Kasparov

49. “Learn to play many roles, to be whatever the moment requires. Adapt your mask to the situation.” – Robert Greene

50. “Tactics is knowing what to do when there’s something to do. Strategy is knowing what to do when there’s nothing what to do.” – Savielly Tartakower

51. “The highest part of the chess player lies in not allowing your opponent to show you what he can do.” – Garry Kasparov

52. “If you wish to succeed, you must brave the risk of failure.”Garry Kasparov

53. “There are more adventures on a chessboard than on all the seas of the world.” – Pierre Mac Orlan

54. “As proved by evidence, it (chess) is more lasting in its being and presence than all books and achievements; the only game that belongs to all people and all ages; of which none knows the divinity that bestowed it on the world, to slay boredom, to sharpen the senses, to exhilarate the spirit.” – Stefan Zweig

55. “Chess is a sport. The main object in the game of chess remains the achievement of victory.” – Max Euwe

56. “There are no heroes in chess.” – Cory Evans

57. “Life is like a chess. If you lose your queen, you will probably lose the game.” – Being Caballero

58. “Life is like a game of chess. To win you need to make a move. Knowing which move to make comes with insight and knowledge and by learning the lessons that are accumulated along the way. We become each and every piece within the game called LIFE” – Alan Rufus

59. “Sometimes it’s better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing.” – Tony Blair

60. “No one has ever won a game of chess by taking only forward moves. Sometimes you have to move backwards in order to be able to take better steps forward. That is life.”– Anonymous

61. “Life is like a chess game. If you play the right move, at the right time you’ll win the game.” – says Sruti

62. “I prefer to lose a really good game than to win a bad one.” – David Levy

63. “When you’re lonely, when you feel yourself an alien in the world, play Chess. This will raise your spirits and be your counselor in war” – Aristotle

64. “A bad plan is better than none at all.” – Frank Marshal

65. “Chess is a simple game, but it is that very simplicity that makes the player’s personalities come out.” – GamouJirou

66. “Let a man play chess, and tell him that every pawn is his friend; Let him think both bishops are holy. Let him remember happy days in the shadows of his castles. Let him love his queen. Watch him love his queen.” – Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorn)


The best lessons in life sometimes are those which we can relate to. All we need is to open our mind and see how chess can be applied in our reality.