Having spent a lifetime analyzing the game of chess and comparing the capacity of computers to the capacity of the human brain, I've often wondered, where does our success come from? The answer is synthesis, the ability to combine creativity and calculation, art and science, into a whole that is much greater than the sum of its parts. Chess is a unique cognitive nexus, a place where art and science come together in the human mind, and are then refined and improved by experience.
Opening Gambit, Why Chess?, p. 4
It's not enough to be talented. It's not enough to work hard and to study late into the night. You must also become intimately aware of the methods you use to reach your decisions.
Part I, Chapter 1, The Lesson, p. 14
With each success the ability to change is reduced. My longtime friend and coach Grandmaster Yuri Dokhoian, aptly compared it to being dipped in bronze. Each victory added another coat.
Part I, Chapter 3, Strategy And Tactics At Work, p. 36
You must also have a sense of when to stop.
Part I, Chapter 4, Calculation, p. 51
For inspiration I look to those great players who consistently found original ways to shock their opponents. None did this better than the eighth world champion, Mikhail Tal. The "Magician of Riga" rose to become champion in 1960 at age twenty-three and became famous for his aggressive, volatile play.
Part I, Chapter 5, Talent, p. 60-61
Everyone, at any age, has talents that aren't fully developed-even those who reach the top of their profession.
Part I, Chapter 6, Preparation, p. 69
We think about time as something not to waste, not as something to invest.
Part II, Chapter 7, MTQ: Material, Time, Quality, p. 93