To quote means to repeat the exact words of another person with the acknowledgement of the source. There are all kind of quotes: love quotes, inspiration quotes, funny quotes, wedding quotes, spiritual quotes, self-improvement quotes and of course quotes of famous people.   ‘I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: - 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'  Is there someone who doesn’t know who said this? You can post a comment if you don’t know. All famous people have famous quotes. The same can be said of famous chess masters. Some are funny quotes others are some kind of love quote.

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My top 10 quotes of famous chess masters 

10.  In 1972 Boris Spassky, the reigning world champion, lost his title in the match of the century (20th) against Bobby Fisher. Later he said: "When you play Bobby, it is not a question if you win or lose. It is a question if you survive".

9. David  Bronstein was one of the great combinative players of the last century. His quote is philosophical and also funny:  "The most powerful weapon in Chess is to have the next move".

8. Nigel Short is an English grandmaster who played a match for the supreme title against Gary Kasparov. Of course he lost. He once said:  "Chess is ruthless: you've got to be prepared to kill people".

7. Jan Timman is a Dutch grandmaster. Between 1980-1990 he was top 3 in the world. He once said: "Half the variations which are calculated in a tournament game turn out to be completely superfluous. Unfortunately, no one knows in advance which half".

6. Efim Bogoljubov was a strong Russian (after World War I he became a German citizen) chess master. He played twice a match for the title against the great word champion Alexander Alekhine. He lost both matches. Efim Bogoljubov liked to boast about his strength. This is what he said:  "When I am White, I win because I am White" White moves first and therefore has a distinct advantage "when I am Black, I win because I am Bogoljubov".

5. Mikhail Tal was only world champion for one year. He was famous for his risky style of play with lots of sacrifices. His famous words are: "There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones and mine".

4. Viktor Korchnoi like Efim Bogoljubov played twice a match for the chess crown. He also lost both matches against Anatoly Karpov. His nickname was Viktor the Terrible. In a kind of self-mockery he stated:  "No chess grandmaster is normal; they only differ in the extent of their madness".

3. Bent Larsen won a lot of chess tournaments. Therefore he is often called world champion tournament chess. In 1971 he was crushed (6-0) by Bobby Fisher. Here is his love quote: "Chess is a beautiful mistress to whom we keep coming back, no matter how many times she rejects us".

2. Francois-Andre D. Philidor was a chess player (and also a famous composer) between 1700-1800. In chess he had no equals. He was far ahead of his time. His words are the most famous in chess:  "The pawn is the soul of chess".

1. Jan Hein Donner was a Dutch grandmaster and my hero. I think he is one of the greatest chess writers. He wrote the best book about chess: The King. His quote is about love and is very funny: "Love is: trying your whole life to teach your wife to play chess".