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Siegbert Tarrasch

German chess player, chess writer, and chess theoretician
Many have become Chess Masters, no one has become the Master of Chess.

Siegbert Tarrasch (March 5, 1862February 17, 1934) was a leading chess player.

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QuotesEdit

  • Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy.
  • Chess is a form of intellectual productiveness, therein lies, its peculiar charm. Intellectual productiveness is one of the greatest joys -if not the greatest one- of human existence. It is not everyone who can write a play, or build a bridge, or even make a good joke. But in chess everyone can, everyone must, be intellectually productive and so can share in this select delight. I have always a slight feeling of pity for the man who has no knowledge of chess, just as I would pity for the man who has no knowledge of love. Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy.
  • Mistrust is the most necessary characteristic of the Chess player.
    • The Game of Chess (1931), Pt. 2 : The End Game, p. 79
  • To acquire a reputation of being a dashing player at the cost of losing a game.
    • Response to a question as to What was the object of playing a gambit opening, as quoted in The Treasury of Chess Lore (1959) by Fred Reinfeld
  • He who fears an isolated Queen's Pawn should give up Chess.
    • As quoted in The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played : 62 Masterpieces of Chess Strategy (1965) by Irving Chernev, Game 18 : The Isolated Pawn, p. 81
  • Before the endgame, the Gods have placed the middle game.
    • As quoted in Cunning Exiles : Studies of Modern Prose Writers (1974), by Don Anderson and Stephen Thomas Knight, p. 41
  • Many have become Chess Masters, no one has become the Master of Chess.
    • As quoted in Chess and Computers (1976) by David N. L. Levy, p. 40
  • In tournaments it is not enough to be a connoisseur of chess; one must also play well.
    • As quoted in "The Bright Side of Chess" (1952) by Irving Chernev, p. 107
  • Up to this point White has been following well-known analysis, but now he makes a fatal error - he begins to use his own head.
    • Concerning a World Chess Championship match, as quoted by William Ewart Napier in "The Bright Side of Chess" (1952) by Irving Chernev, p. 114


MisattributedEdit

  • The beauty of a move lies not in its appearance but in the thought behind it.
    • Aron Nimzowitsch, as quoted in Nimzovich : The Hypermodern (1948) by Fred Reinfeld

Quotes about TarraschEdit

  • From Anderssen I learned the art of making combinations; from Tarrasch I learned how advantageously to avoid making them.
    • Rudolf Spielmann, as quoted in "The Bright Side of Chess" (1952) by Irving Chernev, p. 107

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