- Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy.
- The Game of Chess (1931), Preface
- 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.
- The Game of Chess (As quoted by Fred Reinfeld in Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess)
- 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
- 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
- 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