Dictionary of quotes

(Last update: October 28, 2018)

A

“Good positions don’t win games, good moves do.” 

Gerald Abrahams, English barrister and chess player (1907-1980)

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“Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.”

African proverb

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“We can’t paint white over white neither can we paint black over black. Each needs the other to reveal itself.”

African proverb

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“If you don’t practice you don’t deserve to win.”

Andre Agassi, American professional tennis player (1970-)

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“Real chessplayers [abalone players] think about chess [abalone] more or less 24 hours a day. It is a passion and a fate that one has to live with – and it lasts a lifetime.”

Simen Agdestein, Norwegian chess grandmaster (1967-)

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“To win against me, you must beat me three times: in the opening, the middlegame and the endgame.” 

Alexander Alekhine, Russian chess grandmaster (1892-1946)

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“Don’t give up. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

Muhammad Ali, American boxer (1942-2016)

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“For every door the computers have closed they have opened a new one.” 

Viswanathan Anand, Indian chess grandmaster (1969-)

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“Attack! Always Attack!” 

Adolf Anderssen, German chess master (1818-1879)

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“[…] the beginning is more than half of the whole.” ⇒

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, I, 7

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Chess [Abalone] will become more important because it combines several essential characteristics of the future civilization!” 

Jacques Attali, French economist (1943-)

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B

“Talk to them about freedom, and they will cry anarchy; […].”
(The Knouto-Germanic Empire and the Social Revolution, 1871) 

Mikhail Bakunin (Михаил Бакунин), Russian philosopher and anarchist (1814-1876)

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“Being young is to have a mind that calculates and a heart that does not compute.” 

René Bazin, French novelist (1853-1932)

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“I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I love to play.” 

Boris Becker, German professional tennis player (1967-)

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“He played the piano [abalone] standing up
This is perhaps a detail for you
But for me it means a lot
That means he was free
Happy to be here
Nevertheless.” 

Michel Berger, French singer-songwriter (1947-1992)

*

“Resist
And prove that you exist.” 

Michel Berger, French singer-songwriter (1947-1992)

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“Could we look into the head of a Chess [an Abalone] player, we should see there a whole world of feelings, images, ideas, emotion, and passion.” 

Alfred Binet, French psychologist (1857-1911)

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“The two secrets of a success: quality and creativity.” 

Paul Bocuse, great French chef and restaurateur (1926-2018)

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“There are better starters than me but I’m a strong finisher.” 

Usain Bolt, Jamaican sprinter (1986-)

*

“Imagination is a great help for intelligence.”
(Treatise on the Knowledge of God and of One’s Self, posthumous, 1722)

Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, French bishop and theologian (1627-1704)

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Chess [abalone] is the art of analysis.” 

Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian world chess champion (1911-1995)

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“If Acoustics was a science that informed the world about sounds, then Music was an art that revealed the beauty of that science; if Logic was a science that revealed the laws of Thought, then Chess [Abalone], in the form of artistic images, was an art that illuminated the logical side of thought.” 

Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian world chess champion (1911-1995)

*

“Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.” *
* “If you fight you might lose, if you don’t you have already lost.” 

Bertholt Brecht, German playwright (1898-1956)

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Chess [Abalone] is infinite, and one has to make only one ill-considered move, and one’s opponent’s wildest dreams will become reality.” 

David Bronstein, Soviet chess grandmaster (1924-2006)

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C

“[…] it is possible and perhaps theoretically necessary that there should be such a thing as an absolute chess [abalone] game, i.e. one in which from the first move to the last no stratagem should work, since the best possible move is automatically neutralized. It is not too farfetched to suppose that an electronic computer, having exhausted all conceivable combinations, could construct this ideal game. However, one would no longer be playing chess [abalone]. The first move alone would determine the winner or perhaps the loser of the game.” (Man, Play and Games, 1957) 

Roger Caillois, French writer (1913-1978)

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“In truth the way matters but little; the will to arrive suffices.”
(The Myth of Sisyphus, 1942) 

Albert Camus, French existentialist philosopher (1913-1960)

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“The fight itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s [player’s] heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.” (The Myth of Sisyphus, 1942) 

Albert Camus, French existentialist philosopher (1913-1960)

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“You may learn much more from a game you lose than from a game you win. You will have to lose hundreds of games before becoming a good player.” 

José Raul Capablanca, Cuban world chess champion (1888-1942)

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“I don’t play to win or to lose. I play to know if I will win or if I will lose.” 

Alfred Capus, French writer (1857-1922)

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“No se vive celebrando victorias, sino superando derrotas.” *
* “Live your life not celebrating victories, but overcoming defeats.” 

Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Argentine physician and revolutionary (1928-1967)

*

“Qui non progreditur, regreditur.” *
* “To stand still is to go backwards.” 

Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman philosopher (106 BCE – 43 BCE)

*

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” 

Winston Churchill, English statesman (1874-1965)

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“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” 

Winston Churchill, English statesman (1874-1965)

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“You don’t have to hate your opponents to beat them.” 

Kim Clijsters, Belgian professional tennis player (1983-)

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“Voce não é derrotado quando perde. Voce é derrotado quando desiste.” (Manuscrito Encontrado em Accra, 2012)  *

* “Only he who gives up is defeated. Everyone else is victorious.”(Manuscript Found in Accra2012)

Paulo Coelho, Brazilian writer (1947-)

*

“I hate to lose more than I love to win.” 

Jimmy Connors, American professional tennis player (1952-)

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“Spare my courage an unequal battle;
There is no honour for me in victory:
The lack of risk will deny me glory.”
(Le Cid, Act 2, Scene 2, 1637 – Translated by A. S. Kline, 2007) 

Pierre Corneille, French tragedian (1606-1684)

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“Triumph without peril brings no glory.
(
Le Cid, Act 2, Scene 2, 1637 – Translated by… someone else) ⇒

Pierre Corneille, French tragedian (1606-1684)

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“And I can change. I can live [or play] out of my imagination instead of my memory. I can tie myself to my limitless potential instead of my limiting past. I can become my own first creator.” (The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People, 1989) 

Stephen Covey, American businessman and keynote speaker (1932-2012)

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D

“Nõ se debe giocare trato indarno se nõ e necessita.” *
(Questo Libro e da imparare Giocare a Scachi: Et de Belitissimi Partiti, Roma, 1512) ⇒

* No move should be made without a definite object, if possible.

Pedro Damiano, Portuguese Apothecary and chess player (1480-1544)

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“[…] for whatever was without, within my own Will was supreme. It has moved steadily in one direction, the knowledge and the assertion of its own liberty, with the responsibility falling thereon. This, I am sure, is the ultimate reason for my acceptance of Anarchism.” 
(The Making of an Anarchist)

Voltairine de Cleyre, American anarcha-feminist (1866-1912)

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“[…] those who go very slowly but always on the right path can make much greater progress than those who sprint and go astray.” 
(Discourse on the Method, Part 1, 1637)

René Descartes, French philosopher (1596-1650)

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“The three most important words are: serenity, confidence, concentration.” 
(Press conference, july 14, 2018)

Didier Deschamps, French football player and national team manager (1968-)

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“I love all positions. Give me a difficult positional game, I will play it. Give me a bad position, I will defend it. Openings, endgames, complicated positions, dull draws, I love them and I will do my very best. But totally won positions, I cannot stand them.” 
(Hein Donner in Clubblad Doodzonde Denken, 1950)

Johannes Hendrikus ‘Jan Hein’ Donner, Dutch chess grandmaster (1927-1988)

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“But man is a fickle and disreputable creature and perhaps, like a chess-player [an abalone-player], is interested in the process of attaining his goal rather than the goal itself.” 
(Notes from Underground [Записки из подполья], 1864)

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian writer (1821-1881)

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“Having been close to both artists and chess [or abalone] players, I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess [or abalone] players, all chess [or abalone] players are artists.” 

Marcel Duchamp, French/American artist and chess player (1887-1968)

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E

“Games are the most elevated form of investigation.” 

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” 

Attributed to Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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“Two things matter: to win and to have fun. To win without having fun has no interest.” 

Roger Etcheto, French rugby player and coach (19??-)

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“If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that’s a big accomplishment.” 

Chris Evert, American professional tennis player (1954-)

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“Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation.” 

Max Euwe, mathematics teacher and chess grandmaster (1901-1981)

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F

“I fear no one, but respect everyone.” 

Roger Federer, Swiss professional tennis player (1981-)

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“My game is a lot about footwork [fingerwork]. If I move well, I play well.” 

Roger Federer, Swiss professional tennis player (1981-)

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“Sometimes you have to accept that a guy played better on the day than you.” 

Roger Federer, Swiss professional tennis player (1981-)

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“The first principle of attack – don’t let the enemy develop!” 

Reuben Fine, American chess grandmaster (1914-1993)

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“A strong memory, concentration, imagination, and a strong will is required to become a great chess [abalone] player.” 

Bobby Fischer, American chess grandmaster (1943-2008)

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“I don’t believe in psychology. I believe in good moves.” 

Bobby Fischer, American chess grandmaster (1943-2008)

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“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” 

Henry Ford, American engineer and businessman (1863-1947)

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“It is really too sad that it may happen in life as in chess [abalone], where a false move can force us to lose the game, but with this difference, that we cannot begin a second one, a return match.”
(Reflections on War and Death, II. Our Attitude Towards Death, 1915) 

[Translated by A. A. Brill and Alfred B. Kuttner, published in New York by Moffat, Yard & Co, 1918; translation revised by FightClub]

Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychoanalyst (1856-1939)

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 G

“Resist
And prove that you exist.” 

France Gall, French singer (1947-2018)

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“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory.” 
[from Selected Writings of Mahatma Gandhi, by Ronald Duncan, p.72]

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

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“There is no need to be extremely intelligent to play tennis [Abalone]… You just need to train hard and be self-confident.” 

Richard Gasquet, French professional tennis player (1986-)

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“[…] for people who play it, Go [Abalone] is like an eternal friend, a permanent art form.” 

Go Seigen, Chinese-born Japanese Go grandmaster (1914-2014)

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“If you want to win, you must take the risk of losing.” 

Sacha Guitry, French playwright (1902-1957)

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H

“I don’t have big muscles. I’m not tall. I have power inside. I fight.”

Simona Halep, Romanian professional tennis player (1991-)

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“However difficult life [or your situation] may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”
(Stephen Hawking at an Oxford University Union speech, 2016) 

Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist (1942-2018)

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“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”
(A Briefer History of Time, 2005) 

Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist (1942-2018)

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“Next time someone complains that you have made a mistake, tell him that may be a good thing. Because without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.”
(From the science documentary television mini-series Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking, 2010) 

Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist (1942-2018)

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“People who boast about their IQ [or their Elo, or their AI] are losers.”
(Stephen Hawking to The New York Times, 2004) 

Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist (1942-2018)

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“Quiet people have the loudest minds.” 

Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist (1942-2018)

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“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate… Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”
(BBC interview, December 2014)

Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist (1942-2018)

*

“εἷς ἐμοὶ μύριοι, ἐὰν ἄριστος ᾖ.” (Fragment 49) *
* “One is as ten thousand, if he be the best.

Heraclitus of Ephesus, Greek philosopher (c. 535 BCE – c. 475 BCE)

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“Ὁ βίος βραχύς, ἡ δὲ τέχνη μακρή, ὁ δὲ καιρὸς ὀξύς, ἡ δὲ πεῖρα σφαλερή, ἡ δὲ κρίσις χαλεπή.”
(ΑΦΟΡΙΣΜΟΙ, ΤΜΗΜΑ ΠΡΩΤΟΝ, 1)

“Vita brevis, ars longa, occasio praeceps, experimentum periculosum, iudicium difficile.”
(Aphorismi, 1.1)

“Life is short, art is long, opportunity is fleeting, experience is perilous, decision is difficult.”
(Aphorismi, section one, 1) 

Hippocrates [Ἱπποκράτης], Greek physician and philosopher (c. 460 BCE – c. 370 BCE)

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“Wo aber Gefahr ist, wächst
Das Rettende Auch.” *
(Patmos, Hymnen, 1801/1803)

* “Where the danger is growing, the salvation is growing too.
(Patmos, Hymns, 1801/1803) 

Friedrich Hölderlin, German lyric poet (1770-1843)

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“The worst decisions are often the ones you take too quickly and while lacking information.”
(The Titanic Syndrome, 2004) 

Nicolas Hulot, French environmentalist (1955-)

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“All knowledge degenerates into probability.”
(A Treatise on Human Nature, 1739-1740, edition L. A. Selby-Bigge (1888), book 1, part 4, section 1, 180) 

David Hume, Scottish philosopher (1711-1776)

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“The chess [abalone] board is the world, the pieces [marbles] are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. We know that his play is always fair, just, and patient. But also we know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance.”

Thomas Huxley, English biologist and zoologist (1825-1895)

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I

“Who is the wisest? The one who accepts everything or the one who decided to accept nothing? Is resignation wisdom?” (A Hell of a Mess, 1973) ⇒

Eugène Ionesco (1909-1994)

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“[…] flawed games are usually the most beautiful […].”

Vassily Ivanchuk, Ukrainian chess grandmaster (1969-)

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J

“Simplicity has no need to be simple, but compressed and synthesized complexity.”
(Minutes of Memorial Sand, Lintel, footnote page IV, 1894) ⇒

Alfred Jarry, French writer (1873-1907)

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“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.”

Michael Jordan, American professional basketball player (1963-)

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“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

Michael Jordan, American professional basketball player (1963-)

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K

“1) What can I know?
2) What should I do?
3) What may I hope?”
[Logic, Introduction, 1800]

Immanuel Kant, German philosopher (1724-1804)

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“I don’t pretend to anything more than harmony.”

Anatoly Karpov, Russian chess grandmaster, former world chess champion (1951-)

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“The public must come to see that Chess [Abalone] is a violent sport. Chess [Abalone] is mental torture.”
[As quoted in Martin Amis’s review of “Kasparov-Short” by Raymond Sheene, Independent on Sunday, November 1995]

Garry Kasparov, Russian chess grandmaster, former world chess champion (1963-)

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Chess [Abalone] strength in general and chess [abalone] strength in a specific match are by no means one and the same thing.” 

 Garry Kasparov, Russian chess grandmaster, former world chess champion (1963-)

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“It’s hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.” 

 Sally Kempton, American spiritual teacher and writer (19??-)

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“Even if you play perfectly, a fault of your opponent’s can destroy the entire beauty of the game.” 

 Vladimir Kramnik, Russian chess grandmaster (1975-)

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“What is an anarchist? One who, choosing, accepts the responsibility of choice.” 

 Ursula Kroeber Le Guin, American novelist (1929-2018)

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“[…] variety, conflict even, is life and […] uniformity is death.”
(Anarchism: its philosophy and ideal, 1896) 

Peter Kropotkin (Пётр Кропоткин), Russian scientist and anarchist theorist (1842-1921)

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L

“A good beginning makes a good ending.”

Louis L’Amour, (Louis Dearborn LaMoore), American writer (1908-1988)

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“At that point, I was in danger of understanding the position!” ⇒
[said at the Quebecker Experts Tournament, hosted by Serge Champetier, in 2001 or 2002]

Clément L’Heureux, Quebecker chess player

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“If you are on the cusp of winning, you must remember that there is no opponent that plays better than an opponent close to be defeated.” 

René Lacoste, French tennis player and businessman (1904-1996)

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“Just one missing to you, and all life goes away!”
(Isolation, First Poetic Meditations, Meditation 1, 1820) 

Alphonse de Lamartine, French Romantic poet (1790-1869)

*

“Wenn du einen guten Zug siehst, such nach einem besseren.” *
* “When you see a good move, look for a better one.

Emanuel Lasker, German chess player, mathematician, and philosopher (1868-1941)

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“Do the right thing [move]” ⇒
[a 1989 movie by Spike Lee]

Spike Lee, American filmmaker (1957-)

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“Why is there something rather than nothing? After all, nothing is simpler and easier than something.”
(The Principles of Nature and Grace, Based on Reason, 1714) 

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, German polymath and philosopher (1646-1716)

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“I prefer to lose a really good game than to win a bad one.” 

David Neil Lawrence Levy, British IM of chess (1945-)

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“I just keep fighting and try to be the last one standing.” 

Li Na, Chinese professional tennis player (1982-)

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“It’s always the impatience to win that makes one lose” 

Louis XIV of France (1643-1715)

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M

“If I lose I don’t feel paralyzed
It’s not the game it’s how you play
And if I fall I get up again now
I get up again, over and over.”
(Over And Over, track 4 from the album Like A Virgin, 1984) 

 Madonna, American singer (1958-)

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“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.”
(unsourced) 

Malcolm X, human rights activist (1925-1965)

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“The duty is to win, and an ineluctable despotism is part of genius.”
(Poems of Edgar Poe, Scolie) 

Stéphane Mallarmé, French poet (1842-1898)

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“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.” 

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

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“I never lose. I either win or learn.” 

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

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“If you can’t fly, run.
If you can’t run, walk.
If you can’t walk, crawl, but by all means, keep moving.”
(What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?, speech to students at Barratt Junior High School, Philadelphia, October 26, 1967)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights activist (1929-1968)

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“The ultimate measure of a man [or a player] is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
(On being a good neighbor, Strength to Love, 1963)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights activist (1929-1968)

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“So, you fight to the death in a chess [an abalone] game. You try to use all your skills, your weapons your capabilities to win the war. A lot of people do not realize that kind of depth in a chess [an abalone] game.”

Ashley Maurice (1966-)

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“A beautiful game is intelligence in motion. Moreover, it is intelligence embodied.” 

André Maurois (1888-1967)

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“The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose.” 

John McEnroe, American professional tennis player (1959-)

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“Trust that little voice in your head that says ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if…’; And then do it.” 

Duane Michals, American photographer (1932-)

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“As tennis [abalone] players, you are never satisfied. We are greedy as players, always want better results.” 

Sania Mirza, Indian professional tennis player (1986-)

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“Help your pieces [marbles] so they can help you.” 

Paul Morphy, American chess master (1837-1884)

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“I don’t play any tournaments to come second best.” 

Andy Murray, Scottish professional tennis player (1987-)

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N

“There was horror in this, but in this also was the sole harmony, for what else exists in the world besides chess [abalone]? Fog, the unknown, non-being…!”
(The Defense [Защита Лужина], 1930) ⇒

Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-American novelist (1899-1977)

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Chess [Abalone] problems demand from the composer the same virtues that characterize all worthwhile art: originality, invention, conciseness, harmony, complexity and splendid insincerity.”
(Poems and Problems, 1969) 

Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-American novelist (1899-1977)

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“I play each point like my life depends on it.” 

Rafael Nadal, Spanish professional tennis player (1986-)

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“This is only a tennis [an abalone] match. At the end, that’s life. There is much more important things.” 

Rafael Nadal, Spanish professional tennis player (1986-)

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“Imagination rules the world [of Abalone].”
(quoted by Las Cases in Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène *, January 7, 1816 **) 

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

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“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”
(Maximes and Thoughts) 

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

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“The great art is to change during the battle. Woe to the general who comes on the field of battle with a system.” 

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

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“The greatest danger occurs at the moment of victory.” ⇒

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

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“What matters isn’t how well you play when you’re playing well. What matters is how well you play when you’re playing badly.” 

Martina Navrátilová (1956-)

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“Man vergilt einem Lehrer schlecht, wenn man immer nur der Schüler bleibt. Und warum wollt ihr nicht an meinem Kranze rupfen?” *
(Ecce Homo, Vorwort, 1888)

* “One repays a teacher poorly if one always remains only a student. And why would you not pluck at my wreath?
(Ecce Homo, Foreword, 1888)

Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

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“Was? du suchst? du möchtest dich verzehnfachen, verhundertfachen? du suchst Anhänger? – Suche Nullen!” *
(Götzen-Dämmerung, Sprüche und Pfeile, 14, 1889)

* “What? You search? You would multiply yourself by ten, by a hundred? You seek followers? Seek zeros!”
(Twilight of the Idols, Maxims and Arrows, 14, 1889)

Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

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“First restrain, next blockade, lastly destroy.” 

Aron Nimzowitsch, Russian-born Danish chessmaster (1886-1935)

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“The threat is stronger than the execution.” 
[Attributed to Aron Nimzowitsch during a tournament]

Aron Nimzowitsch, Russian-born Danish chessmaster (1886-1935)

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“I have always considered tennis [abalone] as a fight in an arena between two gladiators who have their racquets [brains] and their courage as their weapons.” 

Yannick Noah, French professional tennis player and singer (1960-)

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O

“In the beginning it was all black and white.” 

Maureen O’Hara, American-Irish actress (1920-2015)

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“I’ll live [play] as I choose,
Or I will not live [play] at all.” 
[Free to decide, track 4 from the album To The Faithful Departed (1996),
by The Cranberries]

Dolores O’Riordan, Irish musician and singer-songwriter (1971-2018)

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“Where you start should not determine where you end up.” 

Barack Obama (1961-)

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“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.” 

Ben Okri, Nigerian poet and novelist (1959-)

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“μηδὲν ἄγαν” *
[Inscription from the pediment of the temple of Apollo at Delphi, Greece]
* “Nothing in excess.” 

 Oracle of Delphi

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P

Chess [Abalone] is a creative process. Its purpose is to find the truth. To discover the truth, you must be uncompromising. You must be brave.” 

 Bruce Pandolfini, American chess author, teacher, and coach (1947-)

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“Game produces nothing. This is first and foremost a free activity, which has no other references than itself, consuming itself while producing, which has no beyond, and, when this activity is finished, there is nothing left. We obtained nothing more than pleasure.” ⇒

 Georges Perec, French writer (1936-1982)

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“You must be precise, logical. Proceed methodically. There comes a point when you must, at all costs, be able to stop, reflect, really weigh up the situation.”
(A Man Asleep, 1967)

Georges Perec, French writer (1936-1982)

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“Ἀγεωμέτρητος μηδεὶς εἰσίτω”

“Wer von Geometrie nichts versteht, hat hier keinen Zutritt.”

“Let none but geometers enter here.”
[Motto over the entrance to Plato’s Academy]

Plato [Πλάτων], Greek philosopher (428/427 BCE – 348/347 BCE)

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“Before Prof. Elo stamped numbers on our foreheads, people played to win tournaments or place as high as they could in the standings or simply win as many games they could. Forget ratings. Play to win and let others figure out how good you are.” 

Léon Poliakov, Russian-born French historian (1910–1997)

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“Your only task in the opening is to reach a playable middlegame.” ⇒

Lajos Portisch, Hungarian chess Grandmaster (1937-)

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“The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.” 

Michael Eugene Porter, American business strategy theorist (1947-)

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“Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run [play abalone]. I like to make people stop and say, ‘I’ve never seen anyone run [play abalone] like that before.’ It’s more than just a race [game], it’s a style. It’s doing something better than anyone else. It’s being creative.” 

Steve Prefontaine, American middle and long-distance runner (1951-1975)

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“Πάντων χρημάτων μέτρον άνθρωπο[ς]” (Plato, Theaetetus, 151e-152c) *
* “The human being is the measure of all things.” 

Protagoras, Greek philosopher (c. 490 BCE – c. 420 BCE)

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“[…] society [the abalone player] seeks order in anarchy.”
(What Is Property?, 1840) 

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, French philosopher and anarchist theorist (1809-1865)

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“There is no easy success, nor definitive failures.” 

Marcel Proust, French writer (1871-1922)

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“All covet, all lose.” ⇒

Proverb

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“Move as a team, never move alone.”
(Welcome to the Terrordome, Fear of a Black Planet, 1990) 

Public Enemy, American hip hop group

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“Games have a long childhood in the sense that they need many years before they find their audience. You just have to endeavour to make their childhood happy!” (The Book of Abalone, 1996) 

 Pascal Reysset, French expert in strategy games (1951-)

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“If little else, the brain is an educational toy.” 

 Tom Robbins, American novelist (1932-)

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“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” 

 Tony Robbins, American life coach (1960-)

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“Pizza makes me think that anything is possible.” 

 Henry Rollins, American alternative rock musician and actor (1961-)

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“Although memory and reason are wholly different faculties, the one does not really develop apart from the other.” (Emile, or On Education, 1762) 

 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Genevan Enlightenment’s philosopher and chess player
(1712-1778)

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“When one tries continuously, one ends up succeeding. Thus, the more one fails, the greater the chance that it will work.”

 Jacques Rouxel, French film animator (1931-2004)

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“Cheaters don’t know the real joy of winning.” ⇒

 Maurice Sachs, French writer (1906-1945)

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“As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.” 

 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French aviator, writer and poet (1900-1944)

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“[…] in life, there are no solutions. There are forces at work: we must create it and solutions will follow.” (Night Flight, chapter XIX, 1931) 

 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French aviator, writer and poet (1900-1944)

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“Some victories uplifts, some other debases. Some defeats assassinates, some other shakes up.” (Flight to Arras, 1942) ⇒

 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French aviator, writer and poet (1900-1944)

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Tennis [Abalone] has to become everything to you if you’re going to make it to the top. You have to live it.” 

Monica Seles, Serbian-born American professional tennis player (1973-)

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Chess [Abalone], is the most beautiful and reasonable of all games.”
(Letter to Madame de Grignan, Paris, wednesday, february 7, 1680) 

 Madame de Sévigné, French woman letter writer (1626-1696)

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“Never mind the bollocks [blocks].”
[from the album : Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)] ⇒

The Sex Pistols, English punk rock band (1975-1978)

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“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” 

George Bernard Shaw, Irish writer (1856-1950)

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“The game is much more important than the final result.” 

Alexei Shirov, Latvian chess grandmaster (1972-)

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“Having no competition is a bad thing. Competition makes you try to improve yourself all the time.” 

Shu Qi, Taiwanese actress (1976-)

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“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” 

Mike Singletary, American football coach (1958-)

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“L’imagination prend le pouvoir.” *
(Slogan de mai 68, rue de Seine, Paris, 3 mai 1968)

* “Imagination takes power.”
(Parisian May 68 slogan, rue de Seine, Paris, France, May 3, 1968)” 

Slogan

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“Play the opening like a book, the middle game like a magician, and the endgame like a machine.” 

Rudolf Spielmann, Austrian chess player (1883-1942)

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“The game of Chess [Abalone] is played by two persons, each having at command a little army of sixteen [fourteen] men, upon a[n hexagonal] board divided into sixty-four squares [sixty-one circles].” 

Howard Staunton, English writer and chessmaster (1810-1874)

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“[…] was Du zu sein die Macht hast, dazu hast Du das Recht.” *
(Der Einzige und sein Eigentum, 2.2.1. Meine Macht, 1844)

* “[…] what you have the power to be, you have the right to.
(The Unique and Its Property, 2.2.1. My Power, 1844)” 

Max Stirner, German philosopher and anarchist theorist (1806-1856)

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All quotes from The Art of War

Sun Tzu, Chinese strategist (c. 544 BC-c. 496 BCE)

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Chess [Abalone], like love, like music, has the power to make people happy.” 

Siegbert Tarrasch, German chess champion (1862-1934)

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“Mistrust is the most necessary characteristic of the Chess [Abalone] player.”

Siegbert Tarrasch, German chess champion (1862-1934)

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“Any opening is good enough, if its reputation is bad enough.” 

 Savielly Tartakower, European Chess Grandmaster (1887-1956)

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“The tactician must know what to do whenever something needs doing; the strategist must know what to do when nothing needs doing.” 

 Savielly Tartakower, European Chess Grandmaster (1887-1956)

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“The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.” 

 Savielly Tartakower, European Chess Grandmaster (1887-1956)

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Tennis [abalone] is more than just a [mind] sport. It’s an art, like the ballet. Or like a performance in the theater.” 

 Bill Tilden, American professional tennis player (1893-1953)

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“To be conquered, or at least to seem to be conquered, is often to conquer; […]”
(The Tragic Sense of Life, XI. The practical problem, 1912) ⇒

 Miguel de Unamuno, Spanish writer and philosopher (1864-1936)

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“It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.” 

Unknown

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“When you absolutely don’t know what to do anymore, it is time to panic.”

John van der Wiel, Dutch chess grandmaster (1959-)

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“[…] life too is probably round […]”
(Letter to Emile Bernard, Arles, Tuesday, 26 June 1888) 

Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter (1853-1890)

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“To like chess [abalone] is to like fight, struggle, game, and loyalty.” 

Jacques Vergès, French Lawyer (1925-2013)

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“To the shame of mankind, one knows that the laws of games are the only ones which everywhere are just, clear, inviolable and executed.”
(The Philosophical Dictionary, article « Laws », 1764) 

Voltaire, French writer and philosopher (1694-1778)

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“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” 

George Edward Woodberry, American literary critic and poet (1855-1930)

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“It is not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.”
[as quoted by Lee Green in Sportswit (Ballantine Books, 1986, p. 19)]

John Wooden, American high school basketball coach (1910-2010)

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“There are a lot of things to my game I can still improve, but everyone can.” 

Caroline Wozniacki, Danish professional tennis player (1990-)

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“It is not a move, even the best move that you must seek, but a realizable plan.” 

Eugène Znosko-Borovsky, Russian-born French chess master (1884-1954)

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Chess [Abalone] is the struggle against error.” ⇒

Johannes Zukertort, Polish-born English chessmaster (1842-1888)

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