Attacking Chess: Aggressive Strategies and Inside Moves from the U.S. Junior Chess Champion

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The subject of the book and movie Searching for Bobby Fischer, Josh Waitzkin has long been the top-ranked player for his age in the United States and a role model for chess-playing kids everywhere. Now, for the first time, Waitzkin reveals the aggressive tactics and psychological techniques that have propelled him to the forefront of the chess world. His unique introduction to the game combines solid instruction with stories about his personal experiences that capture all the ...
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Overview

The subject of the book and movie Searching for Bobby Fischer, Josh Waitzkin has long been the top-ranked player for his age in the United States and a role model for chess-playing kids everywhere. Now, for the first time, Waitzkin reveals the aggressive tactics and psychological techniques that have propelled him to the forefront of the chess world. His unique introduction to the game combines solid instruction with stories about his personal experiences that capture all the excitement and tension of playing chess at the championship level.

Josh Waitzkin's Attacking Chess presents nineteen different offensive strategies, progressing from the most elementary, including forks, pins, skewers, and double threats, to the more advanced and sophisticated moves used by the world's best players. Chapters such as Minor Traps, The Seventh Rank and the Pig, Mating Nets, and Quiet Moves in Attack show how anyone can develop a more aggressive and creative style of play. Each strategy is illustrated with examples taken from actual games Waitzkin has played, described with all the gusto and competitive intensity this young master brings to his craft. You can feel the heat of battle throughout this action-packed manual -- it's guaranteed to entertain and inspire all students of chess who want to learn how to emerge victorious from the black and white jungle.

Josh Waitzkin combines personal anecdotes with solid instruction in this unique introduction to the game of chess. Concentrating on teaching young or new players how to beef up their attacks, Waitzkin presents 40 different chess challenges. He introduces each problem with a brief description of the game from which it was drawn. 50 line drawings.

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Garry Kasparov World Champion Of Chess This book will help you enter the exciting world of the black and white jungle....Josh is not only a very good chess player but has learned from his father how to explain his ideas and feelings for the game....He has produced a lovely work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684802503
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Series: Fireside Chess Library
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 700,411
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Josh Waitzkin, an eight-time National Chess Champion in his youth, was the subject of the book and movie Searching for Bobby Fischer. At eighteen, he published his first book, Josh Waitzkin's Attacking Chess. Since the age of twenty, he has developed and been spokesperson for Chessmaster, the largest computer chess program in the world. Now a martial arts champion, he holds a combined twenty-one National Championship titles in addition to several World Championship titles. When not traveling the country giving seminars and keynote presentations, he lives and trains in New York City. He can be reached at www.joshwaitzkin.com. For more information about Chessmaster visit www.ubi.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2008

    Easy to follow format - nice tactics!

    Another fairly good book on chess tactics. It has a very easy to follow format. It may look like this book is written for the junior player, however, it is suitable for any age! A large variety of tactics and traps are covered. This book is written for the novice, not for advanced players.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2005

    Awesome book. Helped me win the Supernationals III

    This is a wonderful book. The chapters I like particularly are the chapters on the bust, pawn storms, and the power of kamikazi. I used these aggressive strategies to win all 7 rounds at the supernationals. Now,near my door, I have a giant trophy, and I owe it to this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2002

    Teen author may appeal to young readers

    This junior champion skips a lot that older writers cover, but provides plenty of good tactics and puzzles (How can White checkmate in two moves?, etc.). My 6th grade daughter (who plays well in chess club tourneys but doesn't want to "study" strategy and tactics) likes solving the puzzles. Middle and high schoolers should enjoy this book if they are advanced beginners needing some challenges. A good skill-builder.

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