Alexander Alekhine Quotes | Quotes by Alexander Alekhine

1Playing for complications is an extreme measure that a player should adopt only when he cannot find a clear and logical plan.

2Young players expose themselves to grave risks when they blindly imitate the innovations of masters without themselves first checking all the details and consequences of these innovations.

3The infallible criterion by which to distinguish the true from the would-be strategist is the degree of originality of his conceptions. It makes little difference whether this originality is carried to excess, as was the case with Steinitz and Nimzowitsch.

4I have had to work long and hard to eradicate the dangerous delusion that, in a bad position, I could always, or nearly always, conjure up some unexpected combination to extricate me from my difficulties.

5I do not play chess 鈥?I fight at chess. Therefore, I willingly combine the tactical with the strategic, the fantastic with the scientific, the combinative with the positional, and I aim to respond to the demands of each given position.

6Chess is a matter of vanity.

7Chess first of all teaches you to be objective.

8The retreat of a minor piece to the back rank, where it cuts the lines of communication between the rooks, is permissable only in exceptional cases.

9Deux fous gagnent toujours, mais trois fous, non!

10In my opinion, a master is morally obliged to seize every sort of opportunity and to try to solve the problems of the position without fear of some simplifications.

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11I did not believe I was superior to him. Perhaps the chief reason for his defeat was the overestimation of his own powers arising out of his overwhelming victory in New York, 1927, and his underestimation of mine.

12Combination is a soul of chess.

13Chess for me is not a game, but an art. Yes, and I take upon myself all those responsibilities which an art imposes on its adherents.

14That which Steinitz gave to the theoretical aspect of the game when he was at his best is very remote to all out home-bred chess philosophers, but with his views on Morphy, whom he tries to discredit completely, it is of course impossible to agree.

15Never before and never since have I seen - and I cannot even imagine, such an amazing rapidity of chess thinking that Capablanca possessed in 1913-14. In blitz games he gave all the St. Petersburg players odds of five minutes to one - and he won.

16Oh! this opponent, this collaborator against his will, whose notion of Beauty always differs from yours and whose means (strength, imagination, technique) are often too limited to help you effectively! What torment, to have your thinking and your phantasy tied down by another person!

17Psychology is the most important factor in chess.

18You can become a big master in chess only if you see your mistakes and short-comings. Exactly the same as in life itself.

19When asked, -How is that you pick better moves than your opponents?, I responded: I'm very glad you asked me that, because, as it happens, there is a very simple answer. I think up my own moves, and I make my opponent think up his

20I think that for the highest achievements nowadays... need to have the stable as a rock scientific base. And also need to own modesty.

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21Chess, like other arts, must be practiced to be appreciated.

22During a chess tournament a master must envisage himself as a cross between an ascetic monk and a beast of prey.

23Play on both sides of the board is my favourite strategy.

24The fact that a player is very short of time is to my mind, as little to be considered as an excuse as, for instance, the statement of the law-breaker that he was drunk at the time he committed the crime.

25A lifetime in not enough to learn everything about chess.

26As a rule, so-called "positional" sacrifices are considered more difficult, and therefore more praise-worthy, than those which are based exclusively on an exact calculation of tactical possibilities.

27Chess is not only knowledge and logic

28I study chess eight hours a day, on principle.

29Capablanca was snatched too early from the chess world. With his death we have lost a great chess genius, the like of whom we will never see again.

30I believe that true beauty of chess is more than enough to satisfy all possible demands.

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31I consider chess an art, and accept all those responsibilities which art places upon its devotees.

32Chess will always be the master of us all.

33The purpose of human life and the sense of happiness is to give the maximum what the man is able to give.

34For my victory over Capablanca I am indebted primarily to my superiority in the field of psychology. Capablanca played, relying almost exclusively on his rich intuitive talent. But for the chess struggle nowadays one needs a subtle knowledge of human nature, an understanding of the opponent's psychology.

35For success I consider three factors are necessary: firstly, an awareness of my own strengths and weaknesses; secondly, an accurate understanding of my opponent's strengths and weaknesses; thirdly, a higher aim than momentary satisfaction. I see this aim as being scientific and artistic achievements, which place the game of chess on a par with other arts.

36During a Chess competition a Chessmaster should be a combination of a beast of prey and a monk