50 Amazing Chess Quotes About Life

Some of the best chess quotes about life are:

  • “In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.” – Isaac Asimov
  • “If you wish to succeed you must brave the risk of failure.” – Garry Kasparov
  • “That’s what chess is all about. One day you give your opponent a lesson, the next day he gives you one.” – Bobby Fischer.
  • “A bad plan is better than none at all.” – Frank Marshall.
  • “In chess, just as in life, today’s bliss may be tomorrow’s poison. – Assaic.
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There are many amazing chess quotes about life. This is unsurprising considering the many great personalities drawn to the rich game of chess.

Many great players have brought their unique perspective to chess and expressed it at the chessboard.

Naturally they have also had much to say away from the chess board too.

The following is a collection of fifty great chess quotes about life.

“Among a great many other things that chess teaches you is to control the initial excitement you feel when you see something that looks good. It trains you to think before grabbing and to think just as objectively when you’re in trouble.”

Stanley Kubrick

May their wisdom prove helpful in making your journey both in chess and life that little bit easier.

And if you need a little more inspiration here are another 50 Great Chess Quotes for you to enjoy.

Problem Solving (Chess Quotes About Life)

“Chess helps you to concentrate, improve your logic. It teaches you to play by the rules, take responsibility for your actions, how to problem solve in an uncertain environment.” – Garry Kasparov.

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Chess improves your concentration and teaches you how to find solutions.

“In life, as in chess, forethought wins.” – Charles Buxton.

“Chess is the struggle against error.” – Johannes Zukertort.

“Life is very much about making the best decisions you can. So I think chess is very valuable.” – Hikaru Nakamura.

“Chess first of all teaches you to be objective.” – Alexander Alekhine.

“To avoid losing a piece, many a person has lost the game.” – Savielly Tartakower.

Taking Action (Chess Quotes About Life)

“A bad plan is better than none at all.” – Frank Marshall.

“When your house is on fire, you cannot be bothered with the neighbors. Or, as we say in chess, if your King is under attack, do not worry about losing a pawn on the queenside.” – Garry Kasparov.

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“Life is a gameboard. Time is your opponent. If you procrastinate, you will lose the game. Make a move to be victorious.” – Napolean Hill.

“Chess is a miniature version of life. To be successful, you need to be disciplined, assess resources, consider responsible choices, and adjust when circumstances change.” – Susan Polgar.

“If you wish to succeed you must brave the risk of failure.” Garry Kasparov

“Life is like a game of chess. I cannot undo the moves but I can make the next step better.”

Edwin Tan

“Chess is a matter of delicate judgment, knowing when to punch and how to duck.” – Bobby Fischer.

“People who want to improve should take their defeats as lessons, and endeavor to learn what to avoid in the future. You must always have the courage of your convictions. If you think your move is good, make it.” – Jose Raul Capablanca.

“Life is a chess match. Every decision you make has a consequence to it.” – P.K. Subban.

“Chess is rarely a game of ideal moves. Almost always, a player faces a series of difficult consequences whichever move he makes.” – David Shenk.

“We should praise, rather, the courage of the player who, relying only on his intuition, plunges into a brilliant combination of which the issue does not appear to him too clear.” – Eugene Znosko-Borovsky.

“In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.”- Isaac Asimov

Confidence (Chess Quotes About Life)

Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov reminds us our greatest advantage is our ability to dream so dream big.
Follow Kasparov’s advice and dream big.

“If we fail it’s not because our machines are too intelligent, or not intelligent enough. If we fail it’s because we grew complacent and limited our ambitions. There’s one thing only a human can do. That’s dream. So let us dream big.” – Garry Kasparov.

“Confidence is very important – even pretending to be confident. If you make a mistake but do not let your opponent see what you are thinking then he may overlook the mistake.” – Viswanathan Anand.

“Some part of a mistake is always correct.”

Savielly Tartakower

“That’s what chess is all about. One day you give your opponent a lesson, the next day he gives you one.” – Bobby Fischer.

“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.

“Winning is not a secret that belongs to a very few, winning is something that we can learn by studying ourselves, studying the environment, and making ourselves ready for any challenge that is in front of us.” – Garry Kasparov.

“I look one move ahead… the best!” – Siegbert Tarrasch.

Self-Confidence (Chess Quotes About Life)

“If you have made a mistake or committed an inaccuracy there is no need to become annoyed and to think that everything is lost. You have to reorientate yourself quickly and find a new plan in the new situation.” – David Bronstein.

“You need to have that edge, you need to have that confidence, you need to have that absolute belief you’re the best, and that you’ll win every time.”

Magnus Carlsen

“Without error there can be no brilliancy.” – Emanuel Lasker.

“If you are not big enough to lose, you are not big enough to win.” – Walter Reuther.

“I believe every chess player senses beauty when he succeeds in creating situations, which contradict the expectations and the rules, and he succeeds in mastering his situation.” – Vladimir Kramnik.

“Self-confidence is very important. If you don’t think you can win, you will take cowardly decisions in the crucial moments, out of sheer respect for your opponent. You see the opportunity but also greater limitations than you should. I have always believed in what I do on the chessboard, even when I had no objective reason to. It is better to overestimate your prospects than underestimate them.” – Magnus Carlsen.

Motivation (Chess Quotes About Life)

“Chess is not for the timid.” – Irving Chernev.

“The beauty of a move lies not in its appearance but in the thought behind it.”

Aron Nimzovitch

“Chess is like life. To succeed in either one takes patience, planning, concentration, the willingness to set goals, and an inclination to see deeply into things. You have to go for the thing beyond. Chess is about seeing the underlying reality.” – Maurice Ashley.

“Chess is not only knowledge and logic.” – Alexander Alekhine.

Patience (Chess Quotes About Life)

“Tactics is knowing what to do when there’s something to do. Strategy is knowing what to do when there’s nothing what to do.” – Savielly Tartakower.

“Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” – Sun Tzu.

“Sometimes the hardest thing to do in a pressure situation is to allow the tension to persist. The temptation is to make a decision, any decision, even if it is an inferior choice.”

Garry Kasparov

“At the end of the game, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.” – Italian proverb.

Other Noteworthy Chess Quotes About Life

“Chess is played with the mind and not with the hands.” – Renaud & Kahn.

“Chess is a great game. It’s a lot of fun, but sometimes you wonder what else is out there.” – Hikaru Nakamura.

“There are two classes of men; those who are content to yield to circumstances and who play whist; those who aim to control circumstances, and who play Chess.” – Mortimer Collins.

“Chess is life and every game is like a new life.” – Eduard Gufeld.

“When you’re lonely, when you feel yourself an alien in the world, play Chess. This will raise your spirits and be your counselor in war.”


“In chess, just as in life, today’s bliss may be tomorrow’s poison. – Assaic.

“Those who think that it’s easy to play chess are mistaken. During a game, a player lives on his nerves, and at the same time he must be perfectly composed.” – Victor Kortchnoi.

“People who claim they understand chess actually don’t.” — Robert Hübner.

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Chess is a great game for building a community.

“Chess is a game where all different sorts of people can come together, not a game in which people are divided because of their religion or country of origin.” – Hikaru Nakamura.

“The game of chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind are to be acquired and strengthened by it, so as to become habits ready on all occasions, for life is a kind of chess.” – Benjamin Franklin.

Final Words

There are no doubt many more great quotes connecting chess with life and wise words about life from great chess players.

Be certain to share any you have found inspirational in your life in the comments section.

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