Siegbert Tarrasch

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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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  • 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 beings 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


Misattributed[edit]

  • 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

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  • One doesn't have to play well, it's enough to play better than your opponent.
  • Like Ruso could not compose without his cat beside him, I without my King's Bishop cannot play chess. Without its presence, to me the game feels lifeless and cold. The vitalizing factor is missing, and I can devise no way of attack.

Quotes about Tarrasch[edit]

  • 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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