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A Genius Book,
This review is from: The Art of Chess Combination (Dover Chess) (Paperback)I'm sure not many players of my generation realise it, but this study book is a classic of the earlier half of the 20th century.
It is probably one of the earliest and most original books on chess combination study and from the outset aims to define what a combination actually is and what it definitely is not ... !
The author demonstrates that in it's true sense, a combination must involve the sacrifice of material in the short term before material can either be regained at a profit or the opponent is check-mated through a series of forcing moves - This as opposed to positional and tactical manouevers that cannot rightfully fall under the "combinations umbrella".
At the beginning of the book Legal's Mate is shown as an example of how White can give up his queen for a mate in 3.
Numerous examples from all phases of the chess game are cited to demonstrate the important concept of chess combinations and the study of these.
I think that this book highlights to the intermediate chess player how they can use combinations to their advantage by using a new chess mentality - to recognise when a position is ripe for a combination!
Fisher later coined the term "sac, sac mate" which is along the same lines as Borovsky's teachings ...