- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Everyman Chess; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Dec. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857444000
- ISBN-13: 978-1857444001
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.9 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Art of Attack in Chess Paperback – 1 Dec 1998
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From the Back Cover
One of the finest chess books ever written, the Art of Attack has been transcribed into algebraic notation for the first time. In this revised edition of the great classic, the author expounds both the basic principles and the most complex forms of attack on the king. A study of this masterpiece will add power and brilliance to any chess enthusiast's play. (5 3/4' X 8 1/4', 352 pages, illustrations, index)
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The situations explained are comprehensive, which ranged from the attack on the uncastled king, the king which had lost its right to castle, the queenside/kingside castled position and the fianchetto position.
It explains in great detail the nature of the castled position, thoroughly analyzing all three squares in front of the castled king. Using many illustrative examples to show how weakness on each of those squares should be exploited, where the attacker should focus on and how mate can be delivered in the most effective manner, placing emphasis on the 'focal points' of mating. (i.e. h7,g7, and f7 as secondary focal point. corresponding squares for white)
There are also chapters dealing with the specific methods of conducting an attack, one chapter is devoted to explaining how each minor and major piece should be used in order to conduct a successful attack. And how to conduct an attack using files ranks and diagonals.
A whole chapter is devoted to the 'Greek Gift', and 'Anti-fianchetto sacrifice'. The reader will learn various principles and tactics on when to attack with piece or with pawns.
The most important aspect of this book is the 'general preconditions of attack' which the authors gives throughout the whole book. It explains what elements are necessary before certain types of attack can be initiated in terms of general principles, backed up by illustrative examples.
The author gives the reader a 'spatial awareness' in conducting an attack.Read more ›
You will also love this book if you are one of those players that was disappointed after trying to study Think Like a Grandmaster by Kotov and realized that it was way too complicated for you.
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Also a lot of fun to play through the instructive games
A real classic.