Monday, February 28, 2011

Chess Quotes on Bobby Fischer

Compiled by my student Ashrit RM

• "Chess is war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent's mind." - Bobby Fischer
• I am the best player in the world and I am here to prove it." - Bobby Fischer
• One day you give your opponent a lesson, the next day he gives you one.-Bobby Fischer
• Even as a boy, Bobby was his own man. He knew what he wanted, he felt that he knew what was right, and he made his own decisions. Once convinced of something, his integrity, pride and absolute independence ruled out any compromise. Once he made up his mind there was no changing it. Many often had a go at it; Ethel and I never did. And even when the general consensus was that he was dead wrong, it turned out more often than not that he was right. As the heart has its own reasons, so has genius. -- Jack Collins
• What is chess, do you think? Those who play for fun or not at all dismiss it as a game. The ones who devote their lives to it for the most part insist that it's a science. It's neither. Bobby Fischer got underneath it like no one before and found at its center, art. -- Ben Kingsley (from Searching For Bobby Fischer)
• The beauty of his games, the clarity of his play, and the brilliance of his ideas have made him an artist of the same stature as Brahms, Rembrandt, and Shakespeare. -- David Levy (on Fischer)
• By this measure, I consider him the greatest world champion. -- Garry Kasparov

• There's no doubt that the title meant something to him. It meant more than anything. Proof of that is the fact that after winning it he stopped competing. But with or without the title, Bobby Fischer was unquestionably the greatest player of his time. -- Burt Hochberg


  1. He "Bobby Fischer" woke up thinking about chess,slept thinking about it and dreamt about it. - Ben Kingsley

  2. How to set up a chess board?