Advice from Chess Grandmasters



A lot can be learned from chess grandmasters and seasoned players. No doubt chess is a game all about guts, determination, and a little bit of heartbreak, and reaching the top requires a lot of time, dedication, practice, and persistence.

Whether you are looking for inspiration, or for a push to continue challenging yourself in the game – we think these words of advice from Grandmasters and seasoned chess players will leave you feeling inspired and eager improve your game.


“A strong memory, concentration, imagination, and a strong will is required to become a great chess player” - Bobby Fischer (Chess Grandmaster)


“Chess is like bodybuilding. If you train every day, you stay in shape. It is the same with your brain – chess is a matter of daily training.” – Vladimir Kramnik (Russian Chess Grandmaster)


“Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.” – Ralph Charell


“Every chess master was once a beginner.” – Irving Chernev (Russian-American Chess Player)


“There are no take-backs – just as in the life. You must think before you move.” – Susan Polgar (American-Hungarian Chess Player)


“My opponents make good moves too. Sometimes I don’t take these things into consideration.” – Bobby Fischer (Chess Grandmaster)


“You may learn much more from a game you lose, than from a game you win.” – Jose Raul Capablanca (Cuban World Chess Champion)


“Some part of a mistake is always correct.” – Savielly Tartakower (International Grandmaster)


“If you are not big enough to lose, you are not big enough to win.” – Walter Reuther (not a chess player – but great chess advice)


“When you see a good move, look for a better one.” – Emanuel Lasker (German World Chess Champion)


“Not all artists are chess players, but all chess players are artists.” – Marcel Duchamp (French Chess Player)


“Chess is a difficult game. If it were less difficult it would not be so much fun.” – Wolfgang Heidenfeld (German Chess Player)