A sacrifice is best refuted by accepting it.
More Quotes from Wilhelm Steinitz:I have never in my life played the French Defence, which is the dullest of all openings.
Chess is intellectual gymnastics.
When you have an advantage, you are obliged to attack; otherwise you are endangered to lose the advantage.
Chess is so inspiring that I do not believe a good player is capable of having an evil thought during the game.
Only the player with the initiative has the right to attack.
Chess is not for timid souls.
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