Quotes

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I may be an old lion, but I can still bite someone’s hand off if he puts it in my mouth

(attributed to Steinitz and quoted after Korchnoi defeated Caruana in 2011)

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Nowadays I just play my moves quickly. I don’t think that thinking helps a lot….ninety percent of the time my instinct should be right.

(Speelman in British Chess Magazine)

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If you don’t try to win so quickly you win more games… There’s quite strong repulsion from a win. If you go too directly towards it, it often makes it very difficult.

(Speelman in British Chess Magazine)

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Of course, analysis can sometimes give more accurate results than intuition but usually it’s just a lot of work. I normally do what my intuition tells me to do. Most of the time spent thinking is just to double-check.

(Carlsen)

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… I think I would beat Tal pretty easily. Fischer would be more difficult, but I think I could beat him too.

(Magnus Carlsen in The Telegraph)