Chess Quotes 705

"Most commentaries in chess magazines and books are superficial and sometimes just awful. Once a certain experienced master explained to me how he worked. You put two fingers to the page with text on it and see that there are only moves under them - in other words, it is time to make a comment. You write something like "The Ruy Lopez always leads to a tense, complicated struggle" - and your fee goes up by a rouble.

  "The ability to distinguish between real feelings and thoughts and this kind of verbal facade will be of use to you, and not just in chess.

  "Often you will find the opposite situation. The author seems to have interesting ideas, but he is not able to illustrate them with decent examples. If a grandmaster is commenting on one of his own games, then there is usually not any problem: his general thoughts are closely tied up with what is happening on the board. But as soon as he starts writing an article or book on a different theme the difficulties begin, as he may not have suitable material to hand."

— Dvoretsky

Chess Quotes

From: Dan Scoones

Moments when you should sense DANGER in chess:

  1. There has been a change in the pawn structure. Your opponent has 8 and you don't have any.
  2. Your opponent begins to throw pawns at your eyes.
  3. You have a postion won but your opponent has a gun.
  4. The Director tells you not to bother turning in your scoresheet after the game.
  5. Before game begins you notice your opponents 1st initials are 'GM'.
  6. After completing your development you sense your opponent playing the endgame.
— -- I don't know the composer of this - anyone? By the way, I.M. George is distinguished local player! Ian isn't actually an IM but he won the West of England Championship last year