La frase famosa de Korchnoi:


"Ningún gran maestro es normal, sólo se diferencian por la gravedad de su locura"


Chess is Life

Chess Café Václavák, Hotel Julis, Prague

Strategy requires thought;  tactics require observation - Max Euwe 

“You must also have a sense of when to stop” - Garry Kasparov

“When you see a good move, look for a better one” - Emanuel Lasker

“If a player believes in miracles he can sometimes perform them” - Viktor Korchnoi

“To play a really good chess, you must have vision” - Alexander Alekhine

“The computer has no ego, no fear, no hope, never gets tired”
 Viktor Korchnoi

“Having preferences means having weaknesses”
(Magnus Carlsen)

 << Everything in chess that has been forgotten is new >>  Viktor Korchnoi

“After you reach the top there's only one way you can go” –  Boris Spassky

"It is easy to play against the young players, for me they are like an open book." - Tigran Petrosian (... times are changin')

"Chess is life"  <Bobby Fischer>

"The only goal in chess is to prove your superiority over the other guy.
I mean, your opponent must be destroyed. Fully destroyed"  <Garry Kasparov>

"A surprised opponent is half-beaten" <Garry Kasparov>

"All abvious moves look dubious in analysis after the game" <Viktor Korchnoi>

“If you wait for luck to turn up, life becomes very boring” -  Mikhail Tal

"In chess, as in life, a man is his own most dangerous opponent" - Vasily Smyslov

"Some part of a mistake is always correct "
"Im Schach lernt man nur durch Fehler“

"Many have become chess masters,
no one has become the master of chess"

There is no beauty without some strangeness -- Edgar Allan Poe 😎

"One bad move nullifies forty good ones"
(Al Horowitz)

"The best move is the one that disturbs the opponent the most!" (anonymous)

"When the chess game is over, the pawn and the king go back to the same box" 
(Irish saying contributed by Etienne Goldstein)

Smoking area

Lasker, a marvellous sublunary trinity: chess, philosophy, and a cigar (Photo: Maverick Philosopher Blog by Bill Vallicella)

Alekhine (Photograph from the famous Nottingham tournament in 1936, reprinted by Edward Winter)

Pilnik (Photo: Anefo, Amsterdam 1956)

Geller (Photo: Anefo, Wijk aan Zee 1977)

Korchnoi (Photo: Anefo, Wijk aan Zee 1968)

Spassky (Photo: Novosti Press)

Tal (Photo: Anefo, Wijk aan Zee 1976; the coloured cartoon above, also showing Mikhail Tal is from ChessMastery, Twitter)

Ilana (Lena) Glaz, winner at Dortmund International Women's Tournament 1982 (Photo: GF Hund, Dortmund 1982)

Ilana Glaz, born 1961, won the Azerbaijani Women's Chess Championship in 1977. She moved to Israel in 1979, and won the Israeli Women's Chess Championship in 1980. Glaz played several times for Israel in the Women's Chess Olympiads between 1980 and 2014.

In 1985, she was awarded the FIDE International Women Master (WIM) title. Also she is FIDE Arbiter (since 2015) and FIDE Trainer (since 2016).

Glaz graduated from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She works as a headmaster and child trainer of Beersheba Chess School.

Everything I need to know to be successful in the game of life I learned from the game of chess:

This idea and resulting conversation are perhaps best explained by enumeration of generic chess playing principals, such as:

- There is a readily discernable cause and effect for everything (i.e. for every move I make)
- I have limited time to think and make decisions over the board and there are consequences to moving too quickly or too slowly
- Documented, transparent moves speak for themselves and no excuses are relevant 
(you cannot deny or debate the facts/moves which speak for themselves)
- The strongest force or approach is not necessarily the most desirable in all situations
- Positioning is everything and positions change constantly
- All action typically emanates from and is connected to the center
- Once the move/decision is made its difficult if not impossible to take it back
- The first mistake made, haven shaken the player, often results in another
- Winning is not always a matter of having the most material things
- Sometimes the threat itself is actually stronger than its full execution
- Failure/defeat is often quite apparent if not inevitable before the very end
- Even a little, casual ill timed or ill advised mistake can undue vast preparations and seemingly invincible positions
- There is often a better alternative to the very first impression, considering alternatives
- Intuition is powerful and essential but also develops from principles and experience
- If you play a position poorly several times, you will eventually learn from it

- Preparation and homework usually pay off, all other things being equal
- If you make decisions based on emotions alone, then you are in trouble
- A sound mind and game plan usually exist and propel from within a sound body
- Your pieces have the most power when they work together 
(the king is only great because he has pieces to protect him)
- Just because you play the opening well, there still might be a middle and endgame
- Sometimes the best outcome is a draw, with both sides having made concessions and hoping for more the next time
- And the impact: It's no fun to win all the time ... low aim is crime, not failure !!

note: There is absolutely nothing ruthless about the game of chess (or others) – it is simply a contest and comparison of wills and ideas, neither good or evil, just the pureness of voluntary competition governed by mutually agreed upon, objective and ultimately fair & equitable rules.

Louis Buccino,
(Saint Petersburg, Florida, United Staates) 

Duels of the Mind

Learn to say "chess" in different languages

Afrikaans: skaak

Albanian: shah

Arabic: شطرنج

Armenian: շախմատ

Azerbaijani: şahmat

Basque: xakea

Belarusian: шахматы

Bulgarian: шах

Bengali: দাবা

Bosnian: šah

Catalan: escacs

Cebuano: chess


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Greek: σκάκι

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Mongolian: шатар

Nepali: शतरंज

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Persian: شطرنج

Polish: szachy

Portuguese: xadrez

Punjabi: ਸ਼ਤਰੰਜ

Romanian: şah

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Serbian: шах

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Sinhala: චෙස්

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Sundanese: catur

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Tamil: சதுரங்கம்

Telugu: చెస్ Tajik: шахсе

Thai: หมากรุก

Turkish: satranç

Ukrainian: шахи

Urdu: شطرنج

Uzbek: shaxmat

Vietnamese: cờ vua

Yiddish: שאָך

Yoruba: chess

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Raffaello Sorbi (Florence 1844 - Florence 1931). La partita a scacchi, 1886

Raffaello Sorbi (Florence 1844 - Florence 1931). La partita a scacchi 1892