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Top Inspiring and Creative Chess Quotes

Chess has been played since the 10th century till present day. As an evolving game, chess has generated many ideas about the game and beyond into our everyday lives. Whether your a chess enthusiast or not, these quotes may inspire or change your life in a meaningful way. These quotes were carefully picked because of the greater context they can bring on the world or the significance they play on the game. We also feature popular chess players such as Magnus Carslen, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Wesley So.

Here are the quotes:

"Chess is the gymnasium of the mind" - Blaise Pascal, French Mathematician

"Play the opening like a book, the middlegame like a magician, and the endgame like a machine" - Rudolf Spielmann, Australian Chess Player

"Chess is a war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent's mind" - Bobby Fischer, American Chess Grandmaster and eleventh World Chess Champion

"Chess holds its master in its own bonds, shackling the mind and brain so that the inner freedom of the very strongest must suffer" - Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist

"One doesn't have to play well, it's enough to player better than your opponent" - Siegbert Tarrasch, German Chess Theoretician

"The most powerful weapon in chess is to have the next move" - David Bronstein, Russian International Grandmaster

"Even a poor plan is better than no plan at all" - Mikhail Chigorin, Russian Chess Player

"The beauty of a movie lies not in its appearance but in the thought behind it" - Aron Nimzowitsch - Danish Chess Player and Writer

"Without the element of enjoyment, it is not worth trying to excel at anything" - Magnus Carlsen, five time Chess World Champion and Norwegian Chess Player

"I would say you can do whatever you want. Just don't try to harm the way you work, the way you play, the way you prepare" - Russian Chess Grandmaster and two time winner of the Aerofloat Open.

"If you train your brain with chess, you will go much further ahead in life than if you train with your body for other physical sports" - Wesley So, Current U.S. Chess Champion and three time Philippines Chess Champion

"Even if you do not become a professional chess player, this game will still help you make the right moves in life" - Levon Aronian, Armenian American Chess Grandmaster

"You just have to remain calm and wait for the world to do better." - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, French Grandmaster and 2021 Blitz World Chess Champion

"If you use your intuition and understanding of some positions, you can discover amazing things that might be hidden to others" - Fabiano Caruana, Italian-American Chess Grandmaster and 2016 American Chess Champion

"I just want to play good chess" - Alireza Firouzja, Iranian-French Chess Grandmaster and 2019 World Rapid Silver Medalist

"My toughest opponent Is myself" - Richard Rapport, Hungarian Chess Grandmaster and 2017 Hungarian Chess Champion

"If you wish to succeed you must brave the risk of failure" - Garry Kasparov, Former World Chess Champion for 15 years and Russian Chess Grandmaster

"Chess eminently and emphatically is the philosopher's game" - Paul Morphy, American Chess Player

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