Playing chess | Leo Tolstoy , 1907 -08


Leo Tolstoy playing chess, 1908

“A good player who loses at chess is genuinely convinced hat he has lost because of a mistake, 
and he looks for this mistake in the beginning of his game, but forgets that there were also mistakes 
at ever step in the course of the game, that none of his moves was perfect.

The mistake he pays attention to is conspicuous only because his opponent took advantage of it.”


Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace, 1869


Leo Tolstoy playing chess with his son-in-law Michael S. Suchotin, 1908


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