Chess Quotes 696

"Chess rules and exercises - 5 hours
Elementary endings - 5 hours
Some openings - 10 hours
Combination - 20 hours
Positional play - 40 hours
Practical play with analysis - 120 hours

  "Having spent 200 hours on the above, the young player, even if he possesses no special talent for chess, is likely to be among those two or three thousand chessplayers [who play on a par with a master]. There are, however, a quarter of a million chessplayers who annually spend no fewer than 200 hours on chess without making any progress. Without going into any further calculations, I can assert with a high degree of certainty that nowadays we achieve only a fraction of what we are capable of achieving."

— Em. Lasker, Manual of Chess

Chess Quotes

"Whereas the tactician knows what to do when there is something to do, it requires the strategian to know what to do when there is nothing to do"
— Gerald ABRAHAMS (this seems to be fairly free translation of one of TARTAKOVER's aphorisms).