Chess Quotes 714

"Many players, even of a high calibre, will assert, half jokingly and half seriously, that a difficult labour of analysis can be replaced by intuition. 'I played this move in a flash - it was obvious it couldn't be bad' is the sort of thing we often hear in a post-mortem.
"Criticising such a policy is not simple - not after it has just been successful! [...] Instead of appraising the state of struggle on the basis of precise calculation, Black makes a move, which on general considerations, is wholly in the spirit of the position - a flank attack is countered by a break in the centre. Yet in chess there are no axioms.
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— ZAK, Improve your chess results.

Chess Quotes

"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.
— Dvoretsky